How can delirium tremens (DTs) be prevented?

Updated: Nov 06, 2020
  • Author: Michael James Burns, MD, FACEP, FACP, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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To prevent hazardous alcohol use, routine screening and brief intervention for high-risk alcohol use should be performed in primary care settings and in emergency departments; this may reduce alcohol consumption and adverse consequences in risk drinkers who are not alcohol dependent. Use of the AUDIT or CAGE questionnaire is helpful in screening.


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