Common forms of substance misuse include alcohol misuse and drug misuse.
Note: Although disablement must be caused by a physical or mental health condition, it is the needs and difficulties that result which will determine entitlement rather than the condition itself. As a result, whilst the case law below may be of assistance, it will be important to also look at the case law relating to the activities and issues that affect you too.
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Application of personal independence payment activities and descriptors to a claimant who is a ‘functioning alcoholic’
-  UKUT 226 (AAC)
Alcohol dependence and factors to consider when assessing a claimant’s ability to perform PIP functions
-  UKUT 310 (AAC)
Whether daily visits to the pub indicate an ability to engage with other people for the majority of the time
-  UKUT 487 (AAC)
Claimant may be able to establish a need for prompting even if able to perform a specific task when there is impetus to do so
-  UKUT 194 (AAC)
- Anxiety and depression
- Dressing and undressing
- Engaging with other people face to face
- Fluctuating conditions
- Preparing food
- Substance misuse
- Washing and bathing