Alcohol Abuse and Dependence

Jul 1, 2009 Issue
Making a Difference with Patients Who Drink Too Much [Editorials]

Jul 1, 2009 Issue
Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much: An Evidence-Based Guide for Primary Care Physicians [Article]

Excessive alcohol consumption is a leading cause of preventable morbidity and mortality, but few heavy drinkers receive treatment. Primary care physicians are in a position to address heavy drinking and alcohol use disorders with patients, and can do so quickly and effectively. The National Institut...

Apr 15, 2009 Issue
Alcohol Misuse [Clinical Evidence Handbook]

What are the effects of interventions in hazardous or harmful drinkers in the primary care and emergency department settings?

Mar 1, 2009 Issue
Effectiveness of Brief Alcohol Interventions in Primary Care [Cochrane for Clinicians]

For men who engage in excessive or hazardous drinking and present to their primary care physician for issues not specifically related to alcohol treatment, an intervention of one to four sessions administered by a physician, nurse, or psychologist is effective in reducing weekly alcohol consumption ...

Aug 15, 2006 Issue
Acamprosate (Campral) for Treatment of Alcoholism [STEPS]

Acamprosate is a safe and well-tolerated treatment for patients with alcoholism and it appears to improve the likelihood that patients will remain abstinent. Most evidence suggests it is as effective as naltrexone but with fewer adverse reactions, and that it may be more effective when used in combination with naltrexone or disulfiram.

Apr 1, 2006 Issue
Benzodiazepines for Alcohol Withdrawal [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Benzodiazepines are safe and effective for the treatment of alcohol withdrawal, particularly for the prevention of withdrawal seizures, although their superiority to anticonvulsants has not been demonstrated convincingly. There is no clear benefit of one benzodiazepine over another or of symptom-triggered versus fixed-dose scheduling.

Nov 1, 2005 Issue
Medications for Treating Alcohol Dependence [Article]

Medications for treating alcohol dependence primarily have been adjunctive interventions, and only three medications--disulfiram, naltrexone, and acamprosate--are approved for this indication by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Disulfiram, an aversive agent that has been used for more than 40 ...

Feb 1, 2005 Issue
Ambulatory Detoxification of Patients with Alcohol Dependence [Article]

Detoxification from alcohol can be undertaken in ambulatory settings with patients who are alcohol-dependent and show signs of mild to moderate withdrawal when they are not drinking. An appropriate candidate for outpatient detoxification should have arrangements to start an alcohol treatment program...

Nov 1, 2004 Issue
Screening and Behavioral Counseling Interventions in Primary Care to Reduce Alcohol Misuse [Putting Prevention into Practice]

Case study: MN, a 25-year-old woman, visits your office for evaluation of insomnia. As part of her social history, she tells you that she is a “social drinker.” Further questioning reveals that she drinks about as much as she did during college. You want to better assess her alcohol use.

Jul 15, 2004 Issue
Screening and Behavioral Counseling Interventions in Primary Care to Reduce Alcohol Misuse: Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]

This statement summarizes the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on behavioral counseling interventions to reduce alcohol misuse in primary care patients and the supporting evidence, and it updates the 1996 recommendations contained in the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, second edition.

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