Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)

 "Understanding Alcohol Use Disorder" -National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Alcohol use disorder is a medical condition characterized by an impaired ability to stop or control alcohol use despite negative social, work, or health-related consequences. It is considered a brain disorder and may be mild, moderate, or severe.

According to the 2021 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 28.6 million adults ages 18 and older (11.3% in this age group) had AUD in 2021. Among youth, an estimated 894,000 adolescents ages 12 to 17 (3.4% of this age group) had an AUD during this time. 

Lasting changes in the brain make individuals vulnerable to relapse but evidence-based treatments are available to help people achieve and maintain recovery.

Factors that increase the risk of developing an AUD are:

  • Alcohol misuse, including binge drinking, and heavy alcohol use over time.
  • Drinking at an early age.
  • Genetics and family history of alcohol problems.
  • Mental health conditions and a history of trauma.

For more information about AUD symptoms and treatment, go to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism website.

For information about treatment options, contact the Washington Recovery Helpline, 866-789-1511 or go to their website.



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