Alcohol: Screening, Assessment, and Diagnosis of Alcohol Use Disorder

Learners will be competent in screening patients for alcohol use and properly assessing potential alcohol use disorders.

: 1 hr

After completing this activity participants will be able to:

  • Choose and implement an appropriate screening instrument for alcohol use disorder

  • Confidently conduct a basic patient interview assessing for heavy drinking and maladaptive patterns of alcohol use causing significant impairment or distress

  • Describe the range of criteria for alcohol use disorder from physical dependence to misuse without dependence

  • Assess patients who are at risk for alcohol use disorder and form a preliminary diagnosis of alcohol use disorder when appropriate

Professional Practice GapsRoutine screening of all adults and adolescents for the continuum of alcohol use problems is currently recommended (NIAAA 2007), but does not always occur. References
NIH. Alcohol-Related Traffic Deaths Fact Sheet. NIH. 2010. Available at: Accessed on: 2015-05-07.