NICE Clinical Guideline on Alcohol-use Disorders (CG 115)

 In Clinical Guidelines, NICE guidelines

This guideline is concerned with the diagnosis, assessment and management of alcohol dependence.

For most patients, using diazepam or chlordiazepoxide would be the preferred medication for managing assisted alcohol withdrawal (also known as detox).

Staff should be competent in assessing and managing assisted alcohol withdrawal, and use formal assessment tools such as:

  • SADQ
  • LDQ
  • CIWA-Ar
  • APQ.

Advice how to treat co-morbid conditions is also recommended, and maintenance treatment options with acamprosate, naltrexone and disulfiram are discussed.

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