Alcohol Use Disorder

Friday, May 20, 2016

Alcohol use disorder is a chronic disease characterized by uncontrolled drinking and a preoccupation with alcohol. It can lead to serious health problems if people dont seek treatment. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about alcohol use disorder in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

People who drink too much alcohol suffer from alcohol use disorder. Drinking too much can hurt your liver and cause bleeding inside your body. You might also have balance problems, confusion and memory problems.

If you drink a lot and then suddenly stop, you can go through withdrawal. Withdrawal can cause shaking, seizures and sometimes death.

Drinking too much alcohol can make it hard for you to do your job and can affect your relationships with other people.

Alcohol use disorder is a common cause of preventable death in the United States. If you drink too much, tell your doctor. Possible treatments are counseling, support groups and medicine.

Three medicines are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat alcohol use disorder. They are acamprosate, disulfiram and naltrexone. Acamprosate and naltrexone usually work the best. These medicines may help you drink less or stop drinking and not start again.

If your doctor recommends medicine, you should take it every day and see your doctor regularly.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.