What you will learn

  • 1

    How do I know if I have an Alcohol Use Disorder?

    • Getting Started with the Alcohol Use Disorder Guide

    • When is drinking a problem?

    • Clinical presentation

    • Prevalence

    • Measuring alcohol use and its impact

    • Alcohol Consumption Rating Scale (pdf version)

    • Alcohol Use Disorder Severity Scale (pdf version)

  • 2

    Causes of Alcohol Use Disorder

    • What to look for in this section

    • Rate causes of alcohol abuse

    • Social and cultural influences on drinking behaviour

    • Trauma and alcohol use

    • Why learning matters

    • Does genetics play a role in problem drinking?

    • The chemistry of alcohol use

    • Pleasure, reward, and executive thinking

    • Neural Networks and Alcohol Use

  • 3

    Effective Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorders

    • What to look for in this section

    • Rate treatments for alcohol abuse

    • If you are a problem drinker with mild symptoms

    • Medical Treatments

    • 12-step methods

    • Can psychotherapy help me cut back on my drinking?

    • Alternative therapies and acupuncture

  • 4

    Summary

    • Putting It All Together

    • References