Don't Expect a Miracle With Meds for Alcohol Use Disorder

New focus on identifying unhealthy alcohol use will raise questions about the role of medications to treat patients with alcohol use disorder.

These patients have trouble controlling their alcohol consumption...leading to problems with their health, family, work, etc.

Emphasize that meds won't work miracles. Reserve meds for patients with an immediate need to decrease or quit drinking...or when nondrug methods (12-step programs, etc) aren't enough.

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