Alcohol Use Disorder


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Expiration Date

31 Dec 2025

Last Reviewed

1 Jan 2023

Estimated Time To Finish

120 Minutes

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Activity Description

Alcohol use disorder is very common in the United States. The cause of alcohol use disorder is not well understood; however, several factors are thought to contribute to its development. These include the home environment, peer interactions, genetic factors, level of cognitive functioning, and certain existing personality disorders. This activity reviews the evaluation and management of alcohol use disorder and highlights the role of the interprofessional team in the recognition and management of this condition.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of social workers.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify the etiology of alcohol use disorder.
  • Describe various presentations of alcohol use disorder.
  • List the treatment options available for alcohol use disorder.
  • Explain interprofessional team strategies for improving care coordination and communication to improve outcomes in patients with alcohol use disorder.


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