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

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Printable handout containing the top tips and resources from this session:



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