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Clinical Review: Assessment and management of alcohol use disorders

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Edward Day, Alex Copello, Martyn Hull

Original languageEnglish
Article numberh715
JournalBritish Medical Journal
Volume350
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Feb 2015

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Abstract

Alcohol use disorders exist across a spectrum, and public health measures to reduce the drinking of a whole population have considerable health benefits

All front line clinicians should be aware of the potential effects of alcohol consumption and be able to screen for alcohol use disorders using the alcohol use disorders questionnaire test

Brief interventions are quick and easy to deliver and have a potentially large impact on reducing hazardous and harmful drinking

Benzodiazepines are the drug of choice for medically assisted alcohol withdrawal

Relapse to drinking is common in the first year after stopping drinking, but psychological treatments, mutual aid groups, and relapse prevention drugs increase the likelihood of remaining abstinent

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