Clinical update

Alcohol-use disorders

New guidance on diagnosing and managing the physical complications of alcohol use.

Essential facts

According to statistics published in May by NHS Digital, there were an estimated 1.1 million hospital admissions where alcohol was the primary or secondary issue in 2015-16 – the highest ever recorded and up from 670,000 a decade earlier. In the UK, it is estimated that 24% of adults drink in a hazardous or harmful way, while around 9% of men and 4% of women show signs alcohol dependence.

What’s new

In April, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published updated guidance on diagnosing and managing the physical complications of alcohol use. Originally published in 2010 and covering the care of adults and young people aged 10 and above, the guideline provides recommendations on managing acute alcohol withdrawal and the treatment of alcohol-related conditions, such as liver

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