Alcohol Abuse

Risk Factors

  • Male drinking >14/week or 4 per occasion
  • Women drinking >7/week or 3 per occasion

Symptoms

  • Craving/strong desire for alcohol
  • Inability to curb use
  • Dependence and withdrawal sx if stop using
  • Development of tolerance
  • Alcohol use occupies significant portion of time→ both drinking and planning
  • Negative impact on life as a whole→ personal relationships, family, work; can abuse other substances as well
  • Multiple screening tests for alcohol abuse including CAGE, AUDIT, T-ACE, NIAA Screen for heavy ETOH use, and AUDIT-C (links to screening tools below)

Links