Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome


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Start Date

1 Sep 2023

Last Review Date

14 Feb 2024

Expiration Date

31 Aug 2026

Estimated Time To Finish

90 Minutes

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Activity Description

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), alcohol is the most commonly used substance in the United States, with over 75% of individuals aged 12 and older reporting lifetime consumption. Alcohol consumption spans a spectrum from low-risk to severe alcohol use disorder (AUD). Alcohol withdrawal syndrome poses a significant clinical challenge arising from the spectrum of AUD—a prevalent condition affecting a substantial portion of the United States population. Although most cases of alcohol withdrawal syndrome are mild and do not necessitate medical intervention, severe presentations can lead to life-threatening complications and require urgent intervention across multiple healthcare settings. The syndrome typically presents as mild anxiety and gastrointestinal discomfort and can progress to severe manifestations, such as alcohol withdrawal delirium, which poses significant diagnostic and management challenges.

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of alcohol withdrawal syndrome, as well as implementing appropriate treatment strategies, is paramount for the interprofessional care team to ensure timely and effective patient care. In outpatient and inpatient settings, a collaborative approach involving physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, and other allied healthcare professionals is indispensable for comprehensively managing AUD and its associated complications. This activity underscores the importance of interdisciplinary coordination, enabling clinicians to optimize treatment outcomes, mitigate disease progression, and address the complex medical, psychological, and social aspects of alcohol withdrawal syndrome. This integrated model of care enhances patient safety and well-being while facilitating ongoing support and rehabilitation efforts, ultimately reducing the burden of AUD-related healthcare utilization.

Target Audience

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

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify signs and symptoms of alcohol withdrawal syndrome accurately in patients using history and physical examination.

  • Implement evidence-based treatment strategies and monitor for potential complications of alcohol withdrawal syndrome promptly.

  • Select the most suitable treatment strategy, such as pharmacotherapy and adjunctive therapies, based on the severity of alcohol withdrawal syndrome.

  • Collaborate with interprofessional healthcare team members to optimize patient care and support services for patients recovering from alcohol withdrawal syndrome.


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