Recognition of alcohol and drug abuse

Abuse of alcohol or drugs often causes health problems that make the user seek medical care. This makes it possible to detect the abuse and start treatment maybe even at an early stage. The best way to address the problem is to ask the patient directly and clearly about the use. Questionnaires, e.g. AUDIT , can be used as assistive tools. Observing clinical signs and discussing the findings with the patient helps in the assessment of the situation.