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Management of moderate and severe alcohol withdrawal syndromes
Robert S Hoffman, MD; and Gerald L Weinhouse, MD
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Critical Care Physicians, General Public, General Medical Professionals, Nurses and/or Other Critical Care Medical Professionals
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Alcoholism is such a common condition that virtually every clinician is confronted with its complications. There are an estimated 8 million alcohol dependent people in the United States. Approximately 500,000 episodes of withdrawal severe enough to require pharmacologic treatment occur each year. The in-patient management of syndromes associated with moderate and severe alcohol withdrawal is reviewed here. The ambulatory management of mild alcohol withdrawal, the initial diagnosis and treatment of alcohol dependence, and specific conditions due to alcohol-related organ damage (eg, cirrhosis, pancreatitis) are discussed elsewhere.
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