Alcohol use disorders (AUD) are common, particularly in patients attending mental health services. Clinicians are often hesitant to explore with patients their relationship with alcohol and the role that it has in their presenting complaint, despite being ideally placed to optimise on a ‘teachable moment’ and initiate treatment, where necessary. This article provides an overview of AUD and their identification and management options.
After reading this article you will be able to:
- •understand key concepts and definitions of alcohol use disorders
- •recognise and assess alcohol use disorders
- •manage alcohol use disorders in clinical settings.