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Emergencies associated with substance misuse

Patrick Callaghan

in Emergencies in Mental Health Nursing

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Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199561414
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740794 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199561414.003.0005

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Problem drinking 68

Complications of alcohol misuse 70

Alcohol blackouts 71

Wernicke's encephalopathy 72

Acute alcohol withdrawal syndrome 73

Seizures 74

Delirium tremens 76

Illegal drugs 78

Dual diagnosis 80

Problems with drink can be psychological, physical, or social, and exist in varying degrees of severity. Some of the harm associated with alcohol is caused by acute intoxication and some by regular, excessive consumption over a long period. In the UK, drink problems are largely defined in terms of the harms to individuals and to society at large. Currently considerable emphasis is placed on the social harms of excessive drinking. There are in essence 3 contemporary models of problem drinking:...

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Subjects: Psychiatry ; Emergency Medicine ; Addiction Medicine

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