Alcohol Use Disorder: Treatment

Alcohol use disorders (AUDs) are common problems. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, an AUD is diagnosed if an individual has met at least 2 of 11 criteria within a 12-month period and if these criteria have caused impairment or distress. In the United States, almost 35% of the population have had an AUD at some point in their lifetime; almost 10% have a current diagnosis. AUDs have serious impacts on health, families, public safety, and economic productivity. Many individuals who have developed an AUD resolve their alcohol problems without treatment. However, because individuals with more severe AUDs find it difficult to change on their own, many approaches have been developed to help people address their drinking problems. Remission ...

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