SELF SCREENING FOR ALCOHOL USE DISORDER

According to Alcohol Use Disorder Under the DSM-V, the presence of at least 2 of the symptoms below indicates an Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). The severity of the AUD is defined as:

  • Mild: The presence of 2 to 3 symptoms.
  • Moderate: The presence of 4 to 5 symptoms.
  • Severe: The presence of 6 or more symptoms.

Symptoms of Alcohol Use Disorder.

1. Alcohol is often taken in larger amounts or over a longer period than was intended.

2. A great deal of time is spent in activities necessary to obtain alcohol, use alcohol, or recover from its effects.

3. Craving, or a strong desire or urge to use alcohol. There is a persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control alcohol use.

4. Recurrent alcohol use resulting in a failure to fulfil major role obligations at work, school, or home.

5.Continued alcohol use despite having persistent or recurrent social or interpersonal problems caused or exacerbated by the effects of alcohol.

6. Important social, occupational, or recreational activities are given up or reduced because of alcohol use.

7. Alcohol use is continued despite knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that is likely to have been caused or exacerbated by alcohol.

8. Tolerance, as defined by either of the following:

a) A need for markedly increased amounts of alcohol to achieve intoxication or desired effect

b) A markedly diminished effect with continued use of the same amount of alcohol.

9. Tolerance, as defined by either of the following:

a) A need for markedly increased amounts of alcohol to achieve intoxication or desired effect

b) A markedly diminished effect with continued use of the same amount of alcohol

10. Withdrawal, as manifested by either of the following:

a) The characteristic withdrawal syndrome for alcohol

b) Alcohol (or a closely related substance, such as a benzodiazepine) is taken to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms.

Credit: Careskills Academy

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