Alcoholism: Facts, Comorbidities, and Treatments (NA1708)

Author(s): Patsy Barnes, RN, BA

Pre-Approved for: ACM, CA BRN, CCAPP, CCM, CDMS, CE Broker Provider, CLCP, CNLCP, CRCC, CRRN, CVE, CVRP, Delaware BON, FCB, MCBAP-Specific , MSCC, NAADAC, RNs, VRA-Canada

Credit Hours: 6

CCM Credit Hours: 3.5

CDMS Credit Hours: 3.5

Course Format

This course is online. All course material is available online and is accessible immediately after purchase from your account homepage. Certificate of Completion is available immediately upon passing the exam.

Course Overview

In this course, we discuss the history of alcohol in the United States and the relationship of alcohol with American society including recent alcohol-related facts and statistics. We then present alcoholism according to DSM-5. We further explore the physical effects of alcoholism, related diseases worsened by chronic alcohol abuse (such as cirrhosis), and treatment options for alcohol abuse. We then highlight several relationships including: age and alcohol, women and alcohol (including fetal alcohol syndrome), dual diagnosis and alcohol, PTSD and alcohol.

Course Objectives

  1. Define alcoholism, treatments, and complications of diseases related to alcohol use.

  2. Compare and contrast the DSM-IV and DSM-5 criteria for alcohol use disorder (AUD).

  3. List signs and symptoms of alcohol overdose and the recommendations for safe amounts of alcohol for both women and men.

  4. Explain the benefits of moderate drinking.

  5. Describe the relationship of alcohol on age, dual diagnosis, PTSD and the complex relationship between alcohol and women.

Course Outline

  1. Alcohol in America

  2. DSM-IV and DSM-5 changes related to alcohol use disorder (AUD)

  3. Facts about alcohol

  4. Alcoholism, risk factors, and treatment

  5. Alcohol related liver disease

  6. Diseases worsened by long term alcohol use

  7. Binge drinking and underage drinking

  8. Special considerations in relationship to alcohol:
    a. Age
    b. Women
    c. Dual diagnosis
    d. PTSD
    e. ADA law

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Customer Testimonial

Very clear and concise. Good refresher for the 39 years of my working with chemically dependent patients/clients.
Ellie P.