Managing Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) Workshop Module 1

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Session 1: Alcohol use disorder 101

Learning objectives:
By the end of the session, participants will be able to:
1. Explain the biological process of alcohol use disorder as a brain disease
2. Review existing literature on healthcare practitioner attitudes towards patients with alcohol use disorder
3. Describe the multi-system consequences of alcohol use disorder
4. Manage patients with alcohol withdrawal

Video : As you watch the video, reflect on your current practice. What changes can you make?


Additional resources

WHO Alcohol Brief Intervention Training Manual for Primary Care

Rat Park 

Motivational Interviewing – Alcohol Video

Severity of Alcohol Dependence Questionnaire (SADQ)

Prediction of Alcohol Withdrawal Severity Scale (PAWSS)

Canadian Resources

Canada’s Low Risk Drinking Guidelines

Guidelines for Healthcare Providers to Promote Low Risk Drinking Guidelines

Alcohol in Canada: Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Substance Use Treatment Centres for First Nations and Inuit

Practical Approach to Substance Use Disorders for the Family Physicians

Canadian Alcohol Use Disorder Society

Alberta Resources

Find Day Treatment and Detox

Alberta Addiction Treatment Directory

Recovery Access Alberta: Treatment directory for patients and providers

Recovery Access Alberta: Alberta College of Family Physicians Tools for Practice

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings Alberta

Smart Recovery Alberta

Recovery Dharma Alberta: Using Buddhist Practices

Recovery College: Free access to courses focusing on developing awareness and resourcefulness to help individuals and their loves ones through recovery

United States Resources

Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Further Reading

High Performance Healthcare: Using the Power of Relationships to Achieve Quality, Efficiency and Resilience

Healthcare Teamwork: Interprofessional Practice and Education

Beyond the Checklist: What Else Healthcare Can Learn from Aviation Teamwork and Safety



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