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What is substance use, abuse, phsyical dependence?

- sporadic consumption of alcohol/drugs w/ no adverse consequences
- abuse: frequency of alcohol/drug use may vary, there are adverse consequences experienced by the user
- physical dependence: state of adpatation that is manifested by a drug class-specific withdrawal syndrome

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What is psychological dependence, addiction?

- psychological dependence: a subjective need for a specific psychoactive substance, either for its positive effect or to avoid negative effects of its abstinence
- addiction: primary, chronic, neurobiologic disease, with genetic, psychosocial, and enviro factors influencing its development and manifestations:
characterized by behaviors that include impaired control over drug use, compulsive use, cont use despite harm and craving, and continuing use despite adverse consequences in the abusers life

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Epidemiology of substance abuse?

- 10% of general pop has problems due to substance abuse
- genetic differences
- age differences: prevalence is reduced as age increases

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Special populations affected by substance abuse?

- adolescents
- anyone with psych comorbidity
- those who smoke or abuse alcohol
- elderly - alcohol
- health care workers: rx drugs
- pregnant women may fear admitting to drug abuse

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How do you recognize the drug abuser?

you won't know unless you ask:
- quantity
- amt of money spent daily/weekly/monthly
-frequency of use and time of last use
- route of admin
- if hx of use is disclosed ask about prior detox or addiction tx and abstinence periods

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Physical changes due to substance abuse?

- drug use is leading cause of impotence in US
- wt loss and sleep disturbance
- evidence of localized or systemic infections
- on abdominal exam may palpate enlarged or shrunken liver
- respiratory or nasal problems (cocaine, smoking - tobacco, marijuana)
- need marks: tracks
- STIs in pts who are trading sex for drugs

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CAGE questionnaire? Best in what pop?

- commonly used in medical setting and has been validated as a sensitive and specific tool for detectin problem drinking (esp in men)
- 2 or more positive answers indicate a likely dx of alcohol dependence

- 1. Have you ever felt the need to Cut down on your drinking?
- 2. have you ever felt Annoyed by criticism of your drinking?
- 3. have you ever had Guilty feelings about your drinking?
- 4. do you ever take a morning Eye-opener (steady your nerves or get rid of hangover)

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Why does an individual take a substance to start with?

- have to get to the bottom of this with your pts
- is it solely for the high?
- what about over time when there is no longer euphoria? Is it maintain an equilibrium?
- is it to counter something else going on? - does the person have anxiety, depression, are they escaping something?
**you must always seek to determine what fxn a substance is serving for a pt

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What is considered risky or hazardous drinking? What is unhealthy alcohol use?

- in men younger than 65 - it is more than 14 drinks a week and in women that are younger than 65 - more than 7 drinks a week

- unhealthy alcohol use: uses that can result in health consequences

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Alcohol abuse definition?

assoc with one or more of the following, occurring in a 12 month period:
-failure to fulfill work, school or social obligations
-recurrent substance use in physically hazardous situations
-recurrent legal probs related to substance use
-cont use despite alcohol related social or intrapersonal problems

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What is alcohol dependence (alcoholism)?

a maladaptive patterns of use assoc w/ 3 or more of the following, occurrence at any time in the same 12 month period:
-tolerance
-withdrawal
-substance taken in larger quantity than intended
-persistent desire to cut down or control use
-time is spent obtaining, using or recovering from the substance
-social, occupational or recreational tasks are sacrificed
- use continues despite physical and psychosocial problems

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epidemiology of alcohol?

- over 50% of people 12 and older reported drinking regularly
- over 23% reported binge drinking in last 30 days, 6.9% reported heavy drinking
- 40% of all traffic fatalities are alcohol related
- alcohol related health problems 3rd leading cause of preventable death in the US
- leads all other substances in substance related deaths!!

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Medical morbidity of alcohol?

assoc with greater risk of:
- HTN, cardiomyopathy
- hepatitis, cirrhosis (1/2 cases in US secondaray to ETOH), pancreatitis
- TB, pneumonia
- psych probs: anxiety, depression, and eating disorders
- cancers of the stomach, mouth, larynx, breast, and esophagus

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Screening tools for alcohol use? Who should be screened?

- single item screening
- alcohol use disorders identification test (audit)
- CAGE questions (not as reliable for caucasian women)
- screen all adult pts: intervention most likely to succeed in pts who are in risky drinking or hazardous drinking categories
- a large # of pts need to be screened to achieve benefit
- screening essential pts with + family hx, who smoke, have frequent ER visits, or who are on meds that interact with ETOH

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CRAFFT screening for adolescents and college students?

- Have you ever ridden in a Car driven by someone (including yourself) who was high or had been using alcohol or drugs?
- do you ever use alcohol or drugs to Relax, feel better about yourself, or fit in?
- do you ever use alcohol or drugs while you are Alone?
- Do you ever use alcohol or drugs while you are Alone?
- do you ever Forget things you did while drinking or doing drugs?
- Do your family or Friends ever tell you that you should cut down on your drinking or drug use?
- have you ever gotten into Trouble while you were using alcohol or drugs

- 2 or more positive answers indicate problem use, abuse or dependence
- performs better then CAGE for this age group

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What is considered moderate drinking?

- men: 2 drinks or less a day
- women: 1 drink or less a day

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What is considered heavy drinking?

- men: drink more than 14 drinks per week, or 4 drinks per occasion
- women: drink more than 7 drinks a week or 3 drinks per occasion

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What is considered binge drinking?

- men: 5 or more drinks in a row
- women: 4 or more drinks in a row

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Drink equivalents?

1 mixed drink with 1.5 fl oz of 80 proof liquor = 5 oz of wine = 12 oz of beer or wine cooler

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Etiology of alcohol related disorders?

- multifaceted including psychosocial, genetic and or behavioral factors
- genetics:
3-4x higher for severe alcohol problems in first degree relatives with alcohol problems
- rate of alcohol problems increases with the number of alcoholic relatives and severity of illness

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Absorption of alcohol?

- 10% consumed alcohol is absorbed in the stomach, remainder from the small intestines
- when concentration of alcohol in stomach becomes too high - mucus secretion and pyloric valve closure results in slowed absorption
- pylorospasm results in vomit - rookie drinkers

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metabolism of alcohol?

- 90% metabolized in liver through oxidation
- metabolized by 2 enzymes:
ADH catalyzes conversion of alcohol into acetaldehyde, which is toxic
- ALDH catalyzes conversion of acetaldehyde into acetate

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Effects of alcohol on the brain? Diff levels and effects?

- CNS depression (like benzodiazepines)
- relatively mild levels: thought, judgement, and restraint are loosened
- increasing levels: voluntary muscle dysfxn and entire motor area of the brain depressed
- yet increasing levels: confusion, stupor, coma, and finally primitive centers that control breathing and HR are affected and can result in death either secondary to direct respiratory depression or aspiration of vomitus

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Effects of alcohol on the liver?

- metabolism of alcohol leads to chemical attack on liver (it is unknown if damage is caused by acetaldehyde or other metabolites)
- even after all alcohol intake has stopped and all alcohol has been metabolized, the processes that damage liver cells may continue for weeks to months
- clinical and chemical effects often become worse before disease resolves

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3 patterns of hepatocellular injury by alcohol?

- fatty liver
- alcoholic hepatitis
- cirrhosis (rate is 10-15% of all alcoholics)

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What is wenicke-korsakoff syndrome?

- occurs in persons who have been drinking heavily for many years - rare to see in persons younger than 35, caused by thiamine deficiency due to poor nutrition/malabsorption

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What is wernicke's encephalopathy?

- acute sxs which are completely reversible when tx w/ high dose thiamine: characterized by gait ataxia, vestibular dysfxn, confusion and ocular abnormalities
(remember to give thiamine b/f glucose to prevent encephalopathy)

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What is korsakoff's syndrome?

- chronic condition where only 20% of pts recover - can be tx with po thiamine
- characterized by impaired recent memory and anterograde amnesia
- this isn't as well tx with thiamine as wernickes

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How is drinking good for the heart?

- several studies have shown that drinking in moderation may have health benefits particularly in regard to CAD and the risk of MI
- meta-analysis of 34 studies found that 1-2 drinks a day in women and 2-4 drinks in men, are inversely related with total mortality while GREATER intake INCreased mortality
- pts will bring this up all the time, pts ofte fail to consider their comorbidities

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Goals for tx alcohol dependence?

short term:
- ID and initiate tx for pts at risk for withdrawal (determine stage)
- promote attendance at AA or other support groups
- early intervention

long term goals:
- extended management over time
- determining efficacy of tx