Alcohol Use Disorder


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Start Date

1 Sep 2023

Last Review Date

16 Mar 2024

Expiration Date

31 Aug 2026

Estimated Time To Finish

120 Minutes

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Activity Description

Alcohol, the most commonly used substance in the United States, has far-reaching health consequences that impact not only individual patients but the entire healthcare system. Alcohol use in and of itself is not problematic but exists along a spectrum from low-risk use to alcohol use disorder (AUD). The diagnosis, based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, criteria, ranges from mild to severe, with withdrawal symptoms and tolerance as key indicators. Screening by primary care clinicians, supported by the United States Preventive Services Task Force, facilitates early detection. Treatment involves shared decision-making, combining pharmacotherapy and behavioral therapy with interdisciplinary collaboration essential for comprehensive care and improved outcomes.

This activity reviews the definition and diagnosis of AUD and the available evaluation and evidence-based treatments. Participating clinicians from primary care, emergency medicine, internal medicine, and relevant subspecialties are equipped with the current algorithm to intervene early, offer treatment options, and continue long-term follow-up for at-risk patients. Through this course, learners foster effective interprofessional team communication and collaboration to provide holistic care and improve patient outcomes.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician associates, nurses, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and social workers.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Screen patients for alcohol abuse potential using validated criteria across healthcare settings, including primary care, emergency departments, and inpatient facilities.

  • Differentiate between alcohol use disorder and other substance use disorders to facilitate appropriate treatment planning.

  • Select appropriate pharmacotherapy and/or behavioral health treatments for patients with alcohol use disorder.

  • Implement interprofessional collaboration when assessing treatment efficacy, adherence, and compliance during treatment for alcohol use disorder.


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Alcohol abuse disorder is a serious public health as well as opioid abuse disorder. All pharmacological methods as social associations to keep cohesion and contact with all these patients with risk factors to orient themselves towards consumptions of these products ( alcohol and painkillers, recreational drugs). Promoting beverages without alcohol for celebrations should be encouraged and research in such food domains also is a future perspective to improve public health.

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