Alcohol use disorder is extremely prevalent in the United States, affecting over 5% of the population 12 and older. We see patients suffering from this disease in our EDs – sometimes for complications of acute intoxication (like car accidents) and sometimes for withdrawal symptoms. In this two part series, we’re joined by Addiction Medicine Specialists, Dr. Aimee Moulin and Dr. Liz Johnson, to learn more about acute alcohol withdrawal and management of alcohol use disorder. In part 1, we discussed the presentation and emergent stabilization of patients with severe alcohol withdrawal. In part 2, we’ll focus on those patients who can be safely discharged, including ED management and outpatient medications and resources.
Special thanks for Phoebe for sharing her story of her personal battle with alcohol use disorder!
Do you prescribe naltrexone or acamprosate from the ED? How do you safely discharge patients with alcohol use disorder? Tag us on social media, @empulsepodcast, or reach out via email email@example.com, or through our website, ucdavisem.com. Please encourage your friends and colleagues to listen and share their stories, too!
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Dr. Julia Magaña, Associate Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at UC Davis
Dr. Sarah Medeiros, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis
Dr. Aimee Moulin, Professor of Emergency Medicine and Chief of the Division of Addiction Medicine at UC Davis
Dr. Liz Johnson, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Addiction Medicine Physician at UC Davis
Alcohol Facts and Statistics – National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and National Institute of Health (NIH)