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Alcohol Use Disorder

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is alcohol use disorder (AUD)?

AUD is a medical condition that causes problems with alcohol use. You are not able to control alcohol use even though it causes negative effects. AUD includes alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence. Alcohol abuse means you drink more than the recommended daily or weekly limits. Alcohol dependence means you have withdrawal symptoms after not drinking for a short period.

What are the signs and symptoms of AUD?

Your healthcare provider will ask you about your alcohol use. Mild AUD means you had 2 to 3 of the following over the last 12 months. Moderate means you have 4 to 5. Severe means you have 6 or more.

What health problems can AUD cause?

How is AUD treated?

Do not try to stop drinking on your own. Your healthcare provider may need to help you withdraw from alcohol safely. Then you may need any of the following:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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Further information

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US), or have someone call if:

When should I seek care immediately?

When should I call my doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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