In the last 12 months, has your patient’s drinking repeatedly caused or contributed to:

  • risk of bodily harm
  • relationship trouble
  • role failure
  • run-ins with the law

If one or more of these statements is true, then your patient has alcohol abuse.

In the past 12 months, has your patient

  • not been able to stick to drinking limits
  • not been able to cut down or stop
  • shown tolerance
  • shown signs of withdrawal
  • kept drinking despite problems
  • spent a lot of time drinking
  • spent less time on other matters

If three or more of these statements is true, then your patient has alcohol dependence.


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