n South African Medical Journal - Outpatient management of adult alcoholism : CME article

Volume 104, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Alcohol consumption is responsible for an estimated 3.8% of all deaths and 4.6% of disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) globally.

In 2000, 7.1% of all deaths and 7.0% of total DALYs were attributable to alcohol. Alcohol remains South Africa's most abused substance. Fourteen per cent of the population are thought to receive lifetime diagnoses for alcohol abuse and/or dependence, while 28 - 39% of South African adults consume alcohol.
This article outlines the outpatient management of adult alcoholism and emphasises a primary healthcare approach.

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