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Unread 02-01-2006, 02:18 PM   #12
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Word to avoid


Problem with the term: The term is stigmatizing because it labels a person by his/her behavior. It is also misleading because the term user has come to refer to one who is engaged in risky use of substances, but use alone (e.g. of alcohol or prescription drugs) is not necessarily problematic.

Preferred terminology: If referring to use: person who uses alcohol/drugs. If referring to misuse: person engaged in risky use of substances, or misuse of a substance.
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