Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science


Family Medicine


Dr. Tom Colletti, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA


Alcohol Use Disorder is a chronic, relapsing illness that is highly prevalent worldwide. Providers should utilize alcohol abuse screening tools and laboratory evaluations as deemed necessary. Ethanol is highly toxic to the human body, thus the consequences of alcohol misuse on one’s physical and mental well-being are devastating, affecting the gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and neuropsychiatric systems. Benzodiazepines remain the gold standard in preventing and treating alcohol withdrawal syndrome, while Disulfiram, Naltrexone, and Acamprosate are approved for maintenance management.


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