Review decision date: April 2015
Next review date: March 2017
The advice in the NICE guideline covers:
The care of adults and young people (aged 10 years and older) who have any of the following physical health problems that are completely or partly caused by alcohol use:
- acute alcohol withdrawal (which occurs if a ‘dependent’ drinker suddenly stops drinking)
- lack of thiamine (also called vitamin B1) in the body, which can cause a condition called Wernicke’s encephalopathy
- liver disease
- inflammation of the pancreas (called pancreatitis).
It does not specifically look at the care of:
- women who are pregnant
- children younger than 10 years
- people with physical or mental health conditions caused by alcohol use other than those listed above.
This guideline was previously called alcohol-use disorders: Diagnosis and clinical management of alcohol-related physical complications.