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Understanding the Signs of Alcohol Abuse in Patients

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Course Overview

Understanding the Signs of Alcohol Abuse in Patients

Author: Michael York

This course fulfills the continuing education requirement for the Delaware Board of Nursing on Substance Abuse. 

Alcohol abuse is the most widespread form of substance abuse in the U.S. Alcohol itself is not only easily accessible, but it is also relatively inexpensive. Many homes across America boast a stocked liquor cabinet and/or a modest wine cellar. As such, the abuse of alcohol affects all age groups, gender and races. The management of a patient who abuses alcohol is as complex as its abusers are diverse; as healthcare providers, it is imperative that we understand and identify the signs of alcohol abuse in patients.  

Course Outline

  1. Introduction 
  2. What Is Alcohol Abuse 
  3. Special Populations 
  4. Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse 
  5. Health Problems Associated with Alcohol Abuse 
  6. Managing the Alcohol Abuse Patient 
  7. Community Resources 
  8. Case Studies 
  9. Conclusion 
  10. References 

Accreditation Statement

Nursing CE Central LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In this course we will discuss a few of the major signs of alcohol abuse that all healthcare provider should be aware of. It will take the average learner 180 minutes to complete.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, the learner will rate 4 out of 5 on the Likert Scale for their ability to:

  1. Verbalize what alcohol abuse is. 
  2. Identify populations with special risks associated with alcohol abuse. 
  3. Recognize the signs of alcohol abuse. 
  4. Recognize the health problems associated with alcohol abuse. 
  5. Identify resources available to prevent/treat alcohol abuse. 

Target Audience

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Requirement for Completion

  1. Enrollment in the course by the learner
  2. Read and learn all course materials
  3. Complete the course evaluation
  4. Attest and testify learning of the course materials

Accreditations + Approvals

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (P0614)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 17418)
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing (7-0090)
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing (58)
  • New York State Department of Education (IC 208)
  • Florida Board of Nursing (50-23983)

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts, or any contributors have any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

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Course created on: June 08, 2021

Course Expires on: June 08, 2024

Course Offering: #83