Review decision date: April 2015

Review decision: 

We checked this guideline and decided that it should not be updated at this time. For details, see the update decision and the process for deciding if an update is needed

Next review date: March 2017

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 guideline PH24 (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 guideline CG100 (2010) - clinical guideline covering acute unplanned alcohol withdrawal including delirium tremens, alcohol-related liver damage, alcohol-related pancreatitis and management of Wernicke’s encephalopathy.
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