P16 Acute alcohol abuse (ICD-10:F10.0)

January 26, 2024

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Acute alcohol abuse refers to the excessive and harmful consumption of alcohol over a short period of time. It is a significant public health concern due to its potential for serious health consequences and social implications. The aim of this guide is to provide healthcare professionals with a comprehensive overview of the diagnosis and management of acute alcohol abuse.


– ICPC-2 Code: P16 Acute alcohol abuse
– ICD-10 Code: F10.0 Acute intoxication due to use of alcohol


  • Intoxication: Impaired judgment, slurred speech, unsteady gait, and altered behavior.
  • Hangover: Headache, nausea, fatigue, and dehydration.
  • Withdrawal: Tremors, anxiety, sweating, insomnia, and hallucinations.


  • Excessive alcohol consumption: Consuming large amounts of alcohol in a short period of time.
  • Binge drinking: Consuming a large quantity of alcohol within a few hours.
  • Social and psychological factors: Peer pressure, stress, and mental health issues.

Diagnostic Steps

Medical History

  • Gather information about the patient’s alcohol consumption patterns, including frequency and quantity.
  • Assess the presence of any co-existing medical conditions, such as liver disease or psychiatric disorders.
  • Identify any previous episodes of alcohol withdrawal or treatment for alcohol abuse.

Physical Examination

  • Assess vital signs, including blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature.
  • Look for signs of alcohol intoxication, such as slurred speech and unsteady gait.
  • Examine for any physical signs of chronic alcohol abuse, such as jaundice or liver enlargement.

Laboratory Tests

  • Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test: Measures the amount of alcohol in the bloodstream.
  • Liver function tests: Assess liver health and detect any alcohol-related liver damage.
  • Complete blood count (CBC): Evaluate for anemia or other alcohol-related blood disorders.
  • Electrolyte panel: Check for imbalances caused by alcohol-induced dehydration.
  • Urine drug screen: Rule out the presence of other substances of abuse.

Diagnostic Imaging

  • Abdominal ultrasound: Evaluate the liver for signs of fatty liver disease or cirrhosis.
  • Brain imaging (CT or MRI): Assess for any alcohol-related brain damage or abnormalities.
  • Chest X-ray: Screen for any alcohol-related respiratory complications, such as pneumonia.

Other Tests

  • Psychiatric evaluation: Assess for any underlying mental health conditions contributing to alcohol abuse.
  • Genetic testing: Identify genetic factors that may increase the risk of alcohol dependence.

Follow-up and Patient Education

  • Schedule regular follow-up appointments to monitor progress and provide ongoing support.
  • Educate the patient about the risks of continued alcohol abuse and the benefits of treatment.
  • Provide information on support groups and counseling services for alcohol addiction.

Possible Interventions

Traditional Interventions


Top 5 drugs for Acute alcohol abuse:

  1. Disulfiram:
    • Cost: $50-$100 per month.
    • Contraindications: Severe heart disease, liver disease, or psychosis.
    • Side effects: Nausea, vomiting, headache, and drowsiness.
    • Severe side effects: Liver toxicity, cardiovascular complications.
    • Drug interactions: Alcohol, certain medications (e.g., metronidazole).
    • Warning: Strict abstinence from alcohol is required.
  2. Acamprosate:
    • Cost: $100-$200 per month.
    • Contraindications: Severe renal impairment.
    • Side effects: Diarrhea, nausea, and abdominal pain.
    • Severe side effects: None reported.
    • Drug interactions: None reported.
    • Warning: May not be effective in patients with severe liver disease.
  3. Naltrexone:
    • Cost: $50-$100 per month.
    • Contraindications: Opioid use, acute hepatitis or liver failure.
    • Side effects: Nausea, headache, and dizziness.
    • Severe side effects: Liver toxicity, allergic reactions.
    • Drug interactions: Opioids, certain medications (e.g., disulfiram).
    • Warning: Strict abstinence from opioids is required.
  4. Benzodiazepines (e.g., Diazepam, Lorazepam):
    • Cost: Generic versions can be $10-$30 per month.
    • Contraindications: Severe respiratory depression, acute narrow-angle glaucoma.
    • Side effects: Sedation, dizziness, and confusion.
    • Severe side effects: Respiratory depression, paradoxical reactions.
    • Drug interactions: Alcohol, other central nervous system depressants.
    • Warning: Potential for dependence and withdrawal.
  5. Thiamine (Vitamin B1):
    • Cost: $5-$10 per month.
    • Contraindications: None reported.
    • Side effects: None reported.
    • Severe side effects: None reported.
    • Drug interactions: None reported.
    • Warning: Essential for preventing Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome.

Surgical Procedures:

  • No surgical procedures are indicated for the treatment of acute alcohol abuse.

Alternative Interventions

  • Counseling and therapy: Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and motivational interviewing can help address underlying psychological factors contributing to alcohol abuse. Cost: $50-$200 per session.
  • Support groups: Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and other peer support groups provide a supportive environment for individuals seeking recovery. Cost: Free or minimal membership fees.
  • Acupuncture: May help reduce alcohol cravings and promote relaxation. Cost: $60-$120 per session.
  • Herbal supplements: Certain herbs, such as kudzu root and milk thistle, have been used to support alcohol addiction recovery. Cost: Varies depending on the specific supplement.
  • Meditation and mindfulness practices: Can help individuals develop coping strategies and reduce stress. Cost: Free or minimal cost for instructional materials.

Lifestyle Interventions

  • Avoidance of triggers: Identify and avoid situations or environments that may lead to alcohol abuse.
  • Healthy diet and exercise: Promote overall well-being and reduce the risk of relapse.
  • Stress management techniques: Engage in activities such as yoga, meditation, or deep breathing exercises to manage stress.
  • Sleep hygiene: Establish a regular sleep schedule and practice good sleep habits to improve overall health and well-being.
  • Social support: Surround oneself with a supportive network of friends and family who encourage sobriety.

It is important to note that the cost ranges provided are approximate and may vary depending on the location and availability of the interventions.

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This guide is for informational purposes only and should not replace the advice of a medical professional. Always consult with your healthcare provider or a qualified medical professional for personal advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Do not solely rely on the information presented here for decisions about your health. Use of this information is at your own risk. The authors of this guide, nor any associated entities or platforms, are not responsible for any potential adverse effects or outcomes based on the content.

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