Alcohol dependence and harmful alcohol use (CG115)
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Alcohol use disorders: diagnosis, assessment and management of harmful drinking and alcohol dependence
This clinical guideline offers evidence-based advice on the diagnosis, assessment and management of harmful drinking and alcohol dependence in adults and in young people aged 10–17 years.
This is one of three pieces of NICE guidance addressing alcohol-related problems and should be read along with:
- Alcohol-use disorders: preventing the development of hazardous and harmful drinking. NICE public health guidance 24 (2010) - public health guidance on the price, advertising and availability of alcohol, how best to detect alcohol misuse in and outside primary care, and brief interventions to manage it in these settings.
- Alcohol-use disorders: diagnosis and clinical management of alcohol-related physical complications. NICE clinical guideline 100 (2010) - clinical guideline covering acute unplanned alcohol withdrawal including delirium tremens, alcohol-related liver damage, alcohol-related pancreatitis and management of Wernicke’s encephalopathy.
This guidance has been incorporated into the following NICE Pathways, along with other related guidance and products.
Visit the NICE Pathway: alcohol use disorders
This page was last updated: 06 March 2014
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- Costing template
- Electronic audit tool
- Information template
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