Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) can range from risky drinking to alcohol abuse and dependence. It can impact a person’s job, relationships, and health. It can damage the liver, brain, pancreas, and stomach.
There is no cure, but treatments can help manage AUD. Treatment depends on the severity of AUD. It always requires avoiding alcohol. The cause is often complex, so a mix of medical, social, psychological, and behavioral therapies is needed. Setbacks occur. A stay at a substance abuse center may be needed.
Some people look to natural treatments to manage symptoms, but no treatment has been shown to be helpful.
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Talk to your doctor about all herbs or supplements you are taking. Some may interact with your treatment plan or health conditions.
Milk thistle may cause stomach upset. Since it may lower blood sugar levels, caution is advised with diabetes.
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Last reviewed February 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board
Richard Glickman-Simon, MD
Last Updated: 2/22/2019