Alcohol Use Disorder: Diagnosis

Alcohol is a central component of culture in the United States. It is widely available and often used in celebrations and socializing. In 2013, an estimated 87% of people 18 years or older living in the United States reported alcohol use at some point in their lifetime. For many people, alcohol use does not lead to an alcohol use disorder (AUD). However, for approximately 17 million adults (7.2%) in the United States, alcohol use is problematic. When alcohol use becomes a disorder, there is clinically significant interference with daily living, socialization, or responsibilities like work and school. It can cause people to become involved in the legal system and strains finances and relationships. In this entry, AUD is defined using the criteria listed in ...

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