• MCM

1 hour

GPs,GP trainees

Assessment and management of alcohol use disorders

The purpose of this activity is to review the epidemiology of alcohol use disorders, describe the definition of alcohol use disorders, discuss the identification of alcohol use disorders, and review the role of medically assisted withdrawal, mutual aid facilitation, and relapse prevention drugs in alcohol use disorders.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Review the epidemiology of alcohol use disorders
  • Describe the definition of alcohol use disorders
  • Discuss the identification of alcohol use disorders
  • Review the role of medically assisted withdrawal in alcohol use disorders
  • Review the role of mutual aid facilitation and relapse prevention drugs in alcohol use disorders.

Written by:

BMJ and the Cleveland Clinic

BMJ and the Cleveland Clinic

Authors/Faculty:

Ed Day, Alex Copello, and Martyn Hull

Ed Day, Alex Copello, and Martyn Hull

Biography :

Ed Day is a senior lecturer and consultant in addiction psychiatry at the Addictions Department, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, London SE5 8AF, UK.

Biography :

Alex Copello is a professor at the School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.

Biography :

Martyn Hull is GP principal and lead GP with a special interest in substance misuse at the Ridgacre Medical Centres, Quinton, Birmingham, UK.

Disclosure :

We have read and understood the BMJ Group policy on declaration of interests and declare the following interests: ED is a member of the Addictions Department at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. The department is in receipt of or has received grants from the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to research both drug and psychosocial treatments for alcohol use disorders. He is currently a coinvestigator on NIHR Health Technology Assessment grant (13/86/03) to investigate the effectiveness of adjunctive medication management and contingency management in enhancing adherence to drugs for relapse prevention in alcohol dependence. He is a trustee of the charities Action on Addiction and Changes UK. AC is an honorary member of the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham, and his department is in receipt or has received grants from the MRC and the NIHR to research psychosocial treatments for alcohol use disorders. He is chief investigator on a randomised controlled trial of a family and social network intervention for young people who misuse alcohol and drugs (HTA grant 11/60/01) and principal investigator on a pilot study to assess the feasibility and impact of a motivational intervention on problem drug and alcohol use in adult mental health inpatient units (NIHR—PB-PG-1010-23138). He is an expert advisor to the charity Action on Addiction. MH is a member of SMMGP (Substance Misuse Management in General Practice) and has been funded through SMMGP by Lundbeck to complete and tutor on the SMMGP advanced certificate in the community management of alcohol disorders.

Activity Directors:

William D Carey, MD and Dr Sophie Cook

William D Carey, MD and Dr Sophie Cook

Biography :

William D Carey, MD is Director, Center for Continuing Education, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio.

Biography :

Dr Sophie Cook is an Assistant Editor, British Medical Journal, London.

Disclosure :

We declare no financial interests, commercial affiliations, or conflicts of interest.

CME Disclaimer :

The information in this educational activity is provided for general medical education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient's medical condition. The viewpoints expressed in this CME activity are those of the authors/faculty. They do not represent an endorsement by any of the accreditors. In no event will any of the accreditors be liable for any decision made or action taken in reliance upon the information provided through this CME activity.

Last updated

18 Feb 2015

Release date

18 Feb 2015

Expiration date

18 Feb 2017

Accreditation

Accreditor credit Accreditation statement
ASCOFAME 1:00 hour BMJ Learning has assigned 1 hour of CPD/CME credit to this module. BMJ Learning modules are being certified for ASCOFAME VIRTUAL (Colombia).
Australian College of Nursing 1 credit, 1:00 hour ACN 3LP participants can claim 1 CNE point per hour of active learning for modules that are directly related to their area of nursing practice (no limit).
Austrian Academy of Physicians 1 credit, 1:00 hour BMJ Learning modules have been certified for DFT Punkte. DFT Punkte are accepted in Austria
BMJ Learning 1 credit, 1:00 hour BMJ Learning has assigned one hour of credit to the module and related journal article
Bahrain Defence Force Hospital 1 credit, 1:00 hour The Bahrain Defence Force Military Hospital represented by the Ministry of Defence Bahrain recognises BMJ Learning as being accredited for the purpose of continuous medical education (CME)/continuous professional development (CPD) in BDF. Healthcare professionals can thus claim continuous professional development credits for their activity in BMJ Learning. Completion of one module is considered the equivalent of one credit or one hour of learning.
Bhutan Medical and Health Council 1 credit, 1:00 hour Bhutan Medical and Health Council has formally accredited all BMJ Learning online modules for continuous professional development. Bhutan Medical and Health Council will accept the CME credit provided by BMJ Learning to any registered members of Bhutan Medical and Health Council for renewal of their registration.
Delhi Medical Council 1 credit, 1:00 hour The Delhi Medical Council recognises BMJ Learning as being accredited for the purpose of continuous medical education (CME)/continuous professional development (CPD). Doctors can thus claim continuous professional development credits for their activity in BMJ Learning. Completion of one module is considered the equivalent of 1 credit or 1 hour of learning.
Dubai Health Authority 1 credit, 1:00 hour BMJ Learning is approved as a CME resource by the Dubai Health Authority (accreditation number 0254/11)
Iraqi Ministry of Health 1 credit, 1:00 hour The Iraq Ministry of Health has accredited BMJ Learning for the purposes of CME. One module is the equivalent of one hour or one credit point.
Oman Medical Specialty Board 0.5 credits The Oman Medical Specialty Board accredits this module for 0.5 credit points under Category II
Pakistan Society of Family Physicians 1 credit, 1:00 hour The Pakistan Society of Family Physicians has assigned 1 hour of credit to this module.
Royal Australasian College of Physicians 1:00 hour The RACP does not accredit CPD activities, but MyCPD Program guidelines state that fellows can claim a maximum of 50 credits per year for online learning under 'Category 6 - Other Learning Activities'.
The Colleges of Medicine of South Africa 3 credits The Colleges of Medicine of South Africa has accredited this BMJ Learning module (accreditation number: MDB014/254/06/2010)
The Ministry of Public Health in Qatar 1 credit, 1:00 hour The Ministry of Public Health in Qatar represented by the Accreditation Department of the Qatar Council for Health Practitioners recognizes the continuous medical education (CME)/continuing professional development (CPD) modules provided through BMJ Learning as Category II self-directed learning activities in the State of Qatar. Healthcare professionals in Qatar can thus claim continuing professional development credits for their activity on BMJ Learning, calculated as 1 credit unit per 1 hour (Organization Code OP-02).
The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners 1 credit, 1:00 hour RNZCGP endorses the British Medical Journal online CME programmes
Trinidad and Tobago Medical Association 0.5 credits, 1:00 hour The Trinidad and Tobago Medical Association has accredited BMJ Learning. One module equates to 0.5 credits.
UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention 1 credit, 1:00 hour This Program has been awarded 1 CPD Credit Hour by the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention.
University of Health Sciences Lahore 1 credit, 1:00 hour University of Health Sciences Lahore has assigned 1 hour of credit to this module.