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GlossaryAddiction historically has been defined with regard solely to psychoactive substances which cross the blood-brain barrier once ingested, temporarily altering the chemical milieu of the brain. Many people, both psychology professionals and laymen, now feel that there should be accommodation made to include psychological dependency on such things as gambling, food, sex, pornography, computers, video games, internet and more, so these behaviors count as 'addictions' as well. According to the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), substance dependence is defined as:
"When an individual persists in use of alcohol or other drugs despite problems related to use of the substance, substance dependence may be diagnosed. Compulsive and repetitive use may result in tolerance to the effect of the drug and withdrawal symptoms when use is reduced or stopped.”
GlossaryAlcoholic Beverage is a drink containing ethanol (commonly called alcohol). Alcoholic beverages are divided into three general classes: beers, wines and spirits. Alcohol is a psychoactive drug that has a depressant effect. A high blood alcohol content is usually considered to be legal drunkenness because it reduces attention and slows reaction speed. Alcoholic beverages can be addictive, and the state of addiction to alcohol is known as alcoholism.
Alcoholic Beverage Establishment (ABE) Use Permit Ordinance
GlossaryAlcoholic Beverage Establishment (ABE) Use Permit Ordinance addresses concerns residents have regarding alcohol sales in the city of Ventura by giving the city local control to assist with public health and safety issues. The regulations and standards of this ordinance are intended to reduce problems associated with the operation of an ABE.
Avoid the 14: Advances in Countywide DUI Enforcement
November 5, 2009DUI Prevention Summit