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Alcohol withdrawal is a process that should be managed carefully and gradually. But this can be challenging in psychiatric in-patient units where patients may already have severe withdrawal symptoms when they arrive, or may later present with withdrawal symptoms having been admitted for a separate condition. In this podcast, Dr Chris Daly talks to Dr Howard Ryland about the most effective assessment, treatment and ongoing management procedures to put in place in order to help patients withdraw from alcohol safely.
Date published: 7 July 2020
Presenter: Dr Howard
Audio running time: 33 minutes
By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have
gained an understanding of:
the principles of assessing
and managing alcohol withdrawal safely in an acute inpatient
recognising and treating the
complications of alcohol withdrawal, including delirium tremens,
seizures and Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome
the phenomenon of kindling and
its impact on managing alcohol withdrawal
strategies for maintaining
abstinence from alcohol.
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You may also wish to read the following
guidance to supplement your learning:
Daly C (2020) Managing Alcohol Withdrawals in Acute Inpatient
Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (2019)
Guideline for the Treatment of Alcohol Dependence on Acute
Psychiatric Wards within GMMH. [PDF]
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