Alcohol and Drug-Related Problems

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You can no longer win Social Security disability benefits based solely on alcoholism or drug addiction even if your substance abuse makes it impossible for you to work. And in fact, if your acohol or drug abuse contributes to another disabling condition you apply for, such as cirrhosis of the liver or depression, your substance abuse could keep you from getting benefits. (Unless you could prove to Social Security that your condition would not improve if you stopped drinking or using drugs.)

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