Care of the Alcoholic Patient [chapter]

Gerald M. Cross, Kenneth A. Hirsch, John P. Allen
Taylor's Diagnostic and Therapeutic Challenges  
The abuse of alcohol is one of the major health problems in our society. Individuals with alcohol problems are disproportionately represented in the primary care population. In that setting, 11% to 20% of patients meet diagnostic criteria for alcohol dependence or abuse. 1 The family physician's role in the care of patients with alcohol problems may include screening, brief intervention, identification of affected family members, pharmacotherapy, detoxification, treatment of associated medical
more » ... associated medical problems, and referral for consultation and rehabilitation. 2
doi:10.1007/0-387-27287-9_7 fatcat:odhsh5242bdhtmnxop7rdt37ke