Critical Care Aspects of Alcohol Abuse

Ibrahim Al-Sanouri MD; Matthew Dikin MD; Ayman O. Soubani MD

Disclosures

South Med J. 2005;98(3):372-381. 

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Conclusion

Management of alcohol-related disorders in the MICU is challenging. Patients often present with multisystem dysfunction and require aggressive care. Because of the significant morbidity and mortality rates from acute alcohol-related disorders in the ICU setting, early recognition and treatment of alcohol-related disorders is imperative. The cost of medical care for these patients is extraordinary, and the best strategy in dealing with alcohol abuse-related problems, both acute and chronic, is a preventive one. It is the responsibility of primary care physicians to recognize alcohol abuse in their office by using different types of screening methods and informing their patients of the serious complications that could result from their continued drinking.

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