How should the diagnosis of alcoholism be presented?

Updated: Nov 27, 2018
  • Author: Warren Thompson, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Present the diagnosis. Use explicit evidence; emphasize the consequences endured by the patient as a result of alcohol abuse. Be empathic and nonjudgmental. Avoid arguments about the diagnosis. Avoid use of the word alcoholic.


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