Alcohol Use Disorder – A General Overview

Christina Ripp, M.A. Many people may not realize the terms “alcoholism” and “alcoholic” do not represent a specific diagnosis. The current diagnosis for someone who is addicted to alcohol is called Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), formerly known as “Alcohol Dependence” in the previous edition of the DSM. MISCONCEPTIONS One major misconception about people with AUD is that they have to drink alcohol every day. This is simply not true: The individual may drink alcohol every day, or not. [...]