Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide

Alcohol-Related Disorders

J. Greg Hobelmann, M.D., M.P.H., Jeffrey Hsu, M.D.
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DEFINITION

  • Alcohol use disorders are medical conditions that are diagnosed when a patient’s drinking causes significant concern or harm, and decrease in functioning. They were formerly classified as either alcohol dependence (alcoholism) or alcohol abuse.

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Last updated: November 21, 2014