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Evidence-Based Pharmacotherapy for Alcohol Use Disorders 

Evidence-Based Pharmacotherapy for Alcohol Use Disorders
Evidence-Based Pharmacotherapy for Alcohol Use Disorders

Donald McNally

and Albert J. Arias

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date: 28 June 2022

Pharmacotherapy is a vital component of alcohol use disorder (AUD) treatment. From a biopsychosocial perspective, the use of pharmacotherapy alone and in combination with various therapeutic and psychosocial modalities to reduce harmful drinking behaviors is supported by a strong evidence base. This chapter presents an overview of the use of both US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved and off-label treatments for AUD, and it provides practical information and evidence for the use of pharmacotherapy. Comprehensive reviews of medications are undertaken with an emphasis on evidence-based practice and clinical utility to aid in the treatment of AUD and harmful drinking behaviors.

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