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Alcohol Abuse Symptoms and DSM-IV Diagnosis


Alcohol Abuse Symptoms and Diagnosis Overview:

Alcohol abuse symptoms and diagnostic criteria follow below. While some of these alcohol abuse symptoms may be recognized by family, teachers, legal and medical professionals,  and others, only  properly trained mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, professional counselors etc.) can or should even attempt to make a mental health diagnosis. Many additional factors are considered in addition to the alcohol abuse symptoms in making proper diagnosis, including frequently medical and psychological testing considerations. This information on alcohol abuse symptoms and diagnostic criteria are for information purposes only and should never replace the judgment and comprehensive assessment of a trained mental health clinician. 


Criteria for 305. 00 Alcohol Abuse

You should also refer to the criteria for Substance Abuse. School and job performance may suffer either from the aftereffects of drinking or from actual intoxication or at school; childcare or household responsibilities may be neglected and alcohol-related absences may occur from school for job. The person may use alcohol in physically hazardous circumstances (e.g., driving an automobile or operating machinery while drunk).  Legal difficulties may arise because of alcohol use (e.g., arrests for intoxicated behavior or for driving under the influence).  Finally, individuals with alcohol abuse may continue to consume alcohol despite the knowledge that continued consumption poses significant social or interpersonal problems for them (e.g., arguments with spouse while intoxicated, child abuse).  When these problems are accompanied by evidence of tolerance, withdrawal, or compulsive behavior related to alcohol use, a diagnosis of Alcohol Dependence, rather than alcohol abuse should be considered.

Information from Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV

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