Management of substance abuse

WHO Lexicon of alcohol and drug terms

In 1994 the World Health Organization developed a lexicon which aims to provide a set of definitions of terms concerning alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, which is useful to clinicians, administrators, researchers, and other interested parties in this field. Main diagnostic categories in the field are defined, as are key concepts in scientific and popular use. Social as well as health aspects of drug use and problems related to use are covered. The lexicon does not provide comprehensive coverage of every term; areas that have been excluded are, for example, production and marketing terms and slang terms.