Current Definitions of Alcohol Use Disorders and the Use of Validated Questionnaires in Clinical Practice and Research

Part of the Respiratory Medicine book series (RM, volume 14)


Alcohol use among people varies widely from abstinence to high-risk alcohol use to addiction. Diagnostic criteria have varied somewhat over time and across the globe, but the essential features of severe alcohol use disorder, also known as alcohol dependence or alcohol addiction, share common elements. A variety of validated questionnaires have been developed to assist clinicians and researchers in screening for at-risk alcohol use and/or severe alcohol use disorders. This chapter provides a brief overview of the definitions and cardinal features of alcohol use disorders and the alcohol use questionnaires that have been developed and validated in clinical studies.


Alcohol abuse Alcohol dependence Alcoholism Alcohol use disorders Diagnosis Screening 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Director of the Substance Abuse Treatment CenterAtlanta VA Medical CenterDecaturUSA

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