What is Alcohol Use Disorder?

Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) is a medical condition characterized by a problematic pattern of alcohol consumption leading to clinically significant impairment or distress. AUDs include symptoms such as an intense craving for alcohol, difficulty controlling alcohol intake, continued use despite adverse consequences, and physical or psychological problems as a result of alcohol use.

AUD can range in severity from mild to moderate to severe and can have serious negative consequences for the individual’s physical and mental health and their relationships, work, and social life. Effective treatment for AUD typically involves a combination of behavioral therapy, support groups, and medication and may be provided in an outpatient or inpatient setting.

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