Clinical Practice Update 304

Patricia McGuire, MD, Marianne Koenig, PharmD, Renee Philson, MD

Alcohol misuse has a significant biopsychosocial impact on health.  CDC statistics from 2017 reported 88,000 deaths in the US due to excessive alcohol use, exceeding opioid related deaths that year. Alcohol is the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Estimated costs in the US of excessive alcohol use (2010) were $240 billion. Binge drinking accounts for 50% of the deaths and 75% of these costs. This presentation will review various aspects of excessive alcohol use and alcohol use disorder relevant to primary care including: statistics of adult and adolescent alcohol use; SBIRT (screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment); immediate and long-term health effects of excessive alcohol use; alcohol withdrawal; behavioral treatments and recovery supports; medication assisted treatments for alcohol use disorders.     

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