The APA is planning to eliminate substance dependence and substance abuse from the DSM-5 and is planning to replace them with "[insert drug name]-use disorder". Here are the proposed alcohol-use disorder criteria.
They propose severity specifierswhich is interesting. Howeverat first glanceI'm concerned about putting abuse and dependence on the same continuumthough I was always pretty ambivalent about abuse as a diagnosis anyway.
UPDATE: Let's hope they don't group "internet addiction" and opiate addiction:
Among the work group’s proposals is the recommendation that the diagnostic category include both substance use disorders and non-substance addictions. Gambling disorder has been moved into this category and there are other addiction-like behavioral disorders such as “Internet addiction” that will be considered as potential additions to this category as research data accumulate.