Diagnosis of Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)
- Drinking more or over a longer period of time than intended.
- Persistent desire or unsuccessful attempts to quit drinking.
- Unusual amount of time is spent to attain, use, or recover from alcohol.
- Craving or strong desire to use alcohol.
- Drinking that results in failure to attend to school, work, or home responsibilities.
- Continued drinking despite persistent work or social problems.
- Giving up or reducing time spent on normal activities because of alcohol use.
- Using alcohol in physically dangerous situations.
- Continued use despite having recurrent physical or psychological problems caused by drinking.
- Building up a tolerance which results in more alcohol intake to feel intoxicated or drinking the same amount and having little effect.
- Physical symptoms of withdrawal when drinking is stopped or using alcohol to relieve withdrawal symptoms.
Physical Examination and Tests
- Measure the size of red blood cells
- Look for anemia or vitamin deficiencies
- Evaluate liver and kidney function
- Look for liver and kidney disease and damage
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- Reviewer: Peter J. Lucas, MD
- Review Date: 02/2014 -
- Update Date: 04/09/2015 -
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