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Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

CE Credit: 2 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Occupational Therapy CEUs | Marriage & Family Therapy CE | Nutrition & Dietetics CE

Learning Level: Intermediate

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract


This guide is written for primary care and mental health clinicians. It has been produced by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), a component of the National Institutes of Health, for the use of health and mental health professionals. It has been placed into the public domain and is available for use by all health professionals. This course helps clinicians learn to identify levels of drinking that place patients at risk for alcohol-related problems and outlines strategies for eliciting honest and accurate answers to alcohol screening questions. Also included are step-by-step descriptions of brief clinical interventions that help patients decrease or stop drinking and discussions on the use of medications for alcohol dependence.

Closeout Course #20-22 | 2005 | 35 pages | 25 posttest questions

This course will be discontinued on 12/31/2014. 

Learning Objectives

1. Identify the level of drinking that places one at risk for alcohol-related problems
2. Distinguish between symptoms of abuse and symptoms of dependence
3. List tasks to be accomplished at each of the four steps in a brief clinical intervention program
4. Name indications and contraindications for the three medications used to treat alcohol dependence
5. Identify eight strategies for reducing alcohol consumption
6. List four strategies for soliciting honest and accurate answers to alcohol screening questions

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists; by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to offer home study continuing education for NCCs (#5590); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB #1046, ACE Program); the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (#PCE1625); the Florida Boards of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (#BAP346) and Psychology & School Psychology (#50-1635); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board (#RCST100501); the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs (#193); and the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists (#114) and State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678).


Disclosure: No commercial support was received for this CE activity.

About the Author(s)

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is one of the 27 institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIAAA supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and well-being. It is the largest funder of alcohol research in the world. 


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