Continuing Medical Education

Outpatient management of adult alcoholism

M F Williams


  • Adult alcoholism is a significant problem both locally and in many areas abroad.
  • The effective treatment by HCPs of established alcoholism requires a comprehensive biopsychosocial approach.
  • Proper clinical screening of all patients for alcoholism is essential.
  • Issues of safety must always be considered in all patients.
  • Inpatient treatment may be mandatory for medical or psychiatric reasons.
  • Outpatient medical treatments include detoxification, vitamin supplementation and relapse prevention.
  • Psychosocial interventions are aimed at the patient and associates wherever possible.

Author's affiliations

M F Williams, Department of Mental Health and Psychiatry, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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Adult; Alcoholism

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South African Medical Journal 2014;104(1):73-74. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.7730

Article History

Date submitted: 2013-11-13
Date published: 2013-11-19

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