Nearly 90 million people in the United States struggle with alcohol use but are not physically dependent. Most treatment is designed for the most severe alcohol user, which accounts for about 17 million Americans, meaning the majority of people experiencing problems with alcohol use are without appropriate services. With the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders now positioning alcohol use disorders on a spectrum, behavioral healthcare providers need to have treatments that are appropriate for all levels of alcohol use. This presentation will explore how to differentiate four types of drinkers and their treatment needs, identify who is a candidate for alcohol moderation, and review alternative treatment methods.
Learning Objective 1
• Differentiate the four types of drinkers and their treatment needs.
Learning Objective 2
· Develop moderation plans and implement alcohol moderation tools.
Learning Objective 3
· Identify who is a candidate for alcohol moderation.