Alcohol use disorders (AUDs) are common, frequently co-occur with other conditions, produce significant medical morbidity and mortality, and are treatable. The conclusion from the recent report about the epidemiology of AUDs in the United States by Grant et al1 published in JAMA Psychiatry is that AUDs can no longer be seen just as a problem for addiction specialists. Alcohol use disorders and substance use disorders (SUDs) more generally are problems that must and can be addressed throughout medicine.
Compton WM, Blanco C, Wargo EM. Integrating Addiction Services Into General Medicine. JAMA. 2015;314(22):2401-2402. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.12741