Alcohol use disorder

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What is alcohol use disorder?

Alcoholism is a disease characterized by craving, the inability to control drinking, withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating or shakiness after stopping drinking and increasing tolerance.

Common symptoms reported by people with alcohol use disorder

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with alcohol use disorder

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
14
Tried for
alcohol use disorder (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
Depressed mood (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
Anxious mood (4) Pain (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN))
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
Anxious mood (8) Depressed mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
Depressed mood (8) Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
Insomnia (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Insomnia (4) Pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Depressed mood (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Depressed mood (7) Anxious mood (1)

Data from patients with alcohol use disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with alcohol use disorder

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for alcohol use disorder (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Guilt or self blame
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
alcohol use disorder (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Weight gain 11 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
Depressed mood (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Confusion 8 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
Anxious mood (4) Pain (4)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN))
Perceived effectiveness
for alcohol use disorder (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness
Total evaluations
4
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Difficulty thinking
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
Anxious mood (8) Depressed mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Depression with suicidal thoughts Diarrhea 2 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
Depressed mood (8) Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 1 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
Insomnia (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Blurry vision Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 4 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
Insomnia (4) Pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Increased energy Decreased appetite 4 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
Depressed mood (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Difficulty with orgasm 6 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
Depressed mood (7) Anxious mood (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with alcohol use disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has alcohol use disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 4
20s 225
30s 537
40s 623
50s 483
60s 227
70+ 50
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 385
20-29 years 251
30-39 years 92
40-49 years 38
50-59 years 12
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

64% Female
36% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 915
Not Diagnosed 1,352

These charts show data from alcohol use disorder patients who have completed their condition history
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