Alcohol pp 67-81 | Cite as

Tolerance and Dependence

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


The answer to alcoholism probably does not lie in the understanding of tolerance and dependence, although they may lead scientists closer to the mystery of addiction to alcohol. Alcoholism is not a unique condition except that the addiction is to alcohol and not drugs, food, money, or power. Tolerance and dependence are also not uniquely found in alcoholism. Tolerance and dependence are naturally occurring “adaptations” found in the use of many drugs, either those to which man becomes addicted or those that benefit man as medications for diseases and other behaviors, especially those that are associated with other addictions.1, 2


Alcohol Withdrawal Delirium Tremens Abstinence Syndrome Paranoid Delusion Dependence Syndrome 
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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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