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Talking to Your Doctor About Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)
by Amy Scholten, MPH
You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors and/or experience with alcohol. By talking openly and regularly with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
About Alcohol Use Disorder
About Your Risk of Developing Complications from AUD
About Treatment Options
If you find a mental health professional that specializes in the treatment of AUD, ask the following questions:
About Lifestyle Changes
Alcohol or drug abuse recovery: Your doctor can help you. Am Fam Physician. 2000;61(6):1883-1884.
Tips for talking to your doctor. American Academy of Family Physicians Family Doctor website. Available at:
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Updated May 2014. Accessed April 10, 2015.
Last reviewed March 2017 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Adrian Preda, MD
Last Updated: 4/10/2015
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