Alcohol use disorders

Connor, Jason P., Haber, Paul S. and Hall, Wayne D. (2015) Alcohol use disorders. The Lancet, 387 10022: 988-998. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(15)00122-1

Author Connor, Jason P.
Haber, Paul S.
Hall, Wayne D.
Title Alcohol use disorders
Journal name The Lancet   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0140-6736
Publication date 2015
Year available 2015
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1016/S0140-6736(15)00122-1
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 387
Issue 10022
Start page 988
End page 998
Total pages 11
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher The Lancet Publishing Group
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Alcohol use disorders are common in developed countries, where alcohol is cheap, readily available, and heavily promoted. Common, mild disorders often remit in young adulthood, but more severe disorders can become chronic and need long-term medical and psychological management. Doctors are uniquely placed to opportunistically assess and manage alcohol use disorders, but in practice diagnosis and treatment are often delayed. Brief behavioural intervention is effective in primary care for hazardous drinkers and individuals with mild disorders. Brief interventions could also encourage early entry to treatment for people with more-severe illness who are underdiagnosed and undertreated. Sustained abstinence is the optimum outcome for severe disorder. The stigma that discourages treatment seeking needs to be reduced, and pragmatic approaches adopted for patients who initially reject abstinence as a goal. To engage people in one or more psychological and pharmacological treatments of equivalent effectiveness is more important than to advocate a specific treatment. A key research priority is to improve the diagnosis and treatment of most affected people who have comorbid mental and other drug use disorders.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Fully published paper
Collections: Official 2016 Collection
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Created: Fri, 04 Sep 2015, 14:50:09 EST by Wayne Hall on behalf of Centre for Youth Substance Abuse