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Benzodiazepine Use and Addiction among Alcoholics

  • Norman S. Miller
  • Mark S. Gold
Part of the Drugs of Abuse a Comprehensive Series for Clinicians book series (DOAC, volume 2)


The link between alcohol and benzodiazepines is strong. Approximately half of all alcoholics also are addicted to benzodiazepines, and some 50% of those who use benzodiazepines regularly for medical and nonmedical purposes also are alcoholic. (A majority of them also use other drugs as well, most notably marijuana, cigarettes, and cocaine.)1, 34–42 The pharmacological properties and subjective effects of the two classes of drugs are similar, and both are readily available for nonillicit sources, promoting widespread misconceptions of their dangers and addictive potential.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Norman S. Miller
    • 1
  • Mark S. Gold
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Cornell University Medical CollegeWhite PlainsUSA
  2. 2.Fair Oaks HospitalSummitUSA
  3. 3.Delray BeachUSA

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