Alcohol Use Disorder

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Online Resources for Alcohol Use Disorder

This list is designed to help primary health care and clinical care providers assess and discuss with persons aged 65 or older, the potential risks of alcohol consumption. It also contains information on how to support primary care providers in safely discontinuing, and or managing alcohol use.

Topic AreaResourceDescription
PreventionA site for mentoring, educating, and clinical training for addiction in primary and hospital integrationA provincial initiative to support health care providers in treating people struggling with substance use disordersMentoring, Education, and Clinical Tools for Addiction: Primary Care-Hospital Integration
Alcohol Use in Older Adults Clinical conversations starters on alcohol-related risks and harms that impact older adultsCentre for Addiction and Mental Health
ScreeningThe Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT)Validated screening tools for alcohol use disorder in older adults World Health Organization
The Short MAST-GERIATRIC VERSION (SMAST-G) The Vermont Suicide Prevention Center
Senior Alcohol Misuse Indicator (SAMI) Tool Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Resources for Alcohol, Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and TreatmentCanadian Centre on Substance and Addiction
Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) ToolThis tool is designed to support primary care providers (family physicians and nurse practitioners) in screening, diagnosing and implementing pharmacotherapy treatments for adult patients (>18 years old) with AUD.Centre for Effective Practice
AssessmentMoCA TestValidated tools and education about cognitive impairment in older adults with AUDDr. Ziad Nasreddine
Alcohol-Related Cognitive ImpairmentDrink Wise, Age Well
Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment for Alcohol (CIWA-A)Scoring systems that physicians and nurses can use to assess the severity of alcohol withdrawal and monitor response to treatmentCentre for Addiction and Mental Health
McMaster University
Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)American Addiction Centres
TreatmentAlcohol and Drug Peer Support GroupsPeer support resources for AUDLifeRing Canada
Peer Support GroupsAll Addictions Anonymous
Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based GuideBehavioural interventions to support AUD treatmentNational Institute on Drug Abuse
The Primary Care Addiction ToolkitA primary care addiction toolkit in which it offers resources for treating alcohol issues in older adults
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Management of Alcohol Use Disorders in Older AdultsClinical guidance on management of AUD in older adultsNational Initiative for the Care of the Elderly
Medication for the Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder: A Brief GuideEvidence on the effectiveness of available medications for the treatment of AUD and developed guidance for the use of medications in clinical practice Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Division of Pharmacologic Therapies

[updated May 11, 2020]