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Alcohol is readily available across the world despite having been determined to be the most harmful drug to individuals and society.  Based on the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 15.1 million people (5.6%) aged 12 or older in the US met the criteria for an alcohol use disorder (AUD) in 2016. Unfortunately, it has been estimated that about 78% of people suffering with an alcohol use disorder do not receive treatment.  Pharmacists can play an important role in patient management and should be knowledgeable about the appropriate screening for and treatment of AUD.

The toolkit provides quick tips and guideline summaries in the following areas of AUD:

  • Screening and Diagnosis
  • Alcohol Withdrawal
  • Maintenance Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder
  • Special Populations and Treatment
  • Co-occurring Disorders
  • Harm Reduction Strategies
  • Resources and References 

Authored by CPNP members James J. Gasper, PharmD, BCPP and Bethany A. DiPaula, PharmD, BCPP, this toolkit is intended to highlight both the evidence base available as well as strategies of clinical decision making used by expert clinicians.