What Do You Know About Alcohol Use Disorder?

What Do You Know About Alcohol Use Disorder?
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Alcohol use disorder is a chronic, relapsing condition characterized by a person’s compulsive, uncontrolled drinking and negative emotional state when not using alcohol. In recognition of Alcohol Awareness Month, answer these questions and see how much you know about this serious public health problem.

If you think you or someone you know may have an alcohol use disorder, visit the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism treatment navigator to find help.

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Medication-Assisted Treatment Improves Outcomes for Patients With Opioid Use Disorder

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Opioid overdoses cause one death every 20 minutes. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)—a combination of psychosocial therapy and U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved medication—is the most effective intervention to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) and is more effective than either behavioral interventions or medication alone. MAT significantly reduces illicit opioid use compared with nondrug approaches, and increased access to these therapies can reduce overdose fatalities. However, MAT is often unavailable to those in need of it because of inadequate funding for treatment programs and a lack of qualified providers who can deliver these therapies.