Brain’s Role in Alcohol Use Disorders*
Alcohol is among the most commonly used drugs worldwide and is found in alcoholic beverages such as beer, wines, and spirits. It is a depressant drug, as it slows down various sections of the brain and the central nervous system.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) as “problem drinking that becomes severe.” AUD is a chronic relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive alcohol consumption, loss of control over this consumption, and a negative emotional state when not using.
This presentation provides a comprehensive, real case presentation of a 40-year-old man diagnosed with AUD (severe severity), followed by a detailed discussion on AUD, inclusive of definitions and criteria, epidemiology, etiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, treatment, complications, and prognosis.
- Define such terms as ‘alcohol,’ ‘withdrawal,’ ‘tolerance,’ and ‘craving;’
- Explain the DSM-V criteria for a diagnosis of AUD as well as key epidemiological points regarding persons diagnosed with AUD;
- Identify some of the complex mechanisms that influence AUD;
- Describe the brain’s role in AUD, specifically the brain reward system and other pathophysiological processes that take place in the body following alcohol consumption;
- Show the clinical presentation of alcohol withdrawal;
- Recognize some of the long-term effects of alcohol consumption.
Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, & Licensed Professional Counselors
Content level: Beginner to intermediate
2 CE hour credits approved by ASWB, NAADAC, & NBCC
- Lectures 1
- Quizzes 1
- Duration 2 hours
- Skill level Beginner to Intermediate
- Language English
- Students 1007
- Certificate Yes
- Assessments Self