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, fatigue, pain, and stress) 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
8
Tried for
alcohol use disorder (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
depressed mood (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
depressed mood (8)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
anxious mood (7) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
depressed mood (8) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
anxious mood (5) pain (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN))
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
anxious mood (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
depressed mood (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
depressed mood (6)

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 (5 evaluations)
Side effects
guilt or self blame
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
alcohol use disorder (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness with hypotension upon standing drowsiness 5 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
depressed mood (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
increased energy anxious mood 10 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
depressed mood (8)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty thinking
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
anxious mood (7) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
agitation with restlessness suicidal thoughts or urges
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
depressed mood (8) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth weight gain 7 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
anxious mood (5) pain (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN))
Perceived effectiveness
for alcohol use disorder (2 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness injection site pain
Total evaluations
6
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
rash or skin problems
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
anxious mood (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
depressed mood (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation decreased sex drive (libido) 7 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
depressed mood (6)
  • 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 3
20s 184
30s 548
40s 612
50s 527
60s 260
70+ 70
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 388
20-29 years 257
30-39 years 90
40-49 years 40
50-59 years 13
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 781
Female 1401

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 939
Not Diagnosed 1354

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