Alcohol Use and Management

  • Evan GouldingEmail author


Unhealthy alcohol use is a leading cause of preventable morbidity and mortality that can be addressed in the primary-care setting. All individuals seeking medical care should be screened for unhealthy alcohol use and provided feedback based on their level of use. Brief interventions for those who are drinking excessively can lead to reductions in drinking levels, and for those who meet the criteria for alcohol use disorder, brief interventions can assist in the referral to specialty treatment. Treatment recommendations should be provided in a clear and nonjudgmental manner, and options for reducing alcohol use or seeking additional treatment should be provided. Assessing willingness to change and working collaboratively can facilitate engagement and guide treatment recommendations. The use of pharmacological treatment can assist in reducing unhealthy alcohol use.


Screening Brief intervention Referral to treatment Unhealthy alcohol use Alcohol use disorder 



Alcohol use disorder


Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test


Cut down, Annoyed, Guilty, Eye opener


Health-care professional




National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism


National Institute on Drug Abuse




Number needed to treat


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Feinberg School of MedicineNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA

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