Skip to main content

Table 1 Spectrum of alcohol use and alcohol use disorders [39, 40]

From: Emergency department screening and interventions for substance use disorders

  Definition
At-risk drinking Pattern of alcohol consumption that exceeds NIAAA recommendations occasionally to frequently
Harmful drinking Pattern of alcohol use that causes mental or physical damage
Hazardous drinking Pattern of alcohol consumption that increases one’s risk of harm
Alcohol use disorder Meets ≥ 2 DSM-V criteria for alcohol use disorder