Treating Alcohol Use Disorder in Patients with Alcohol Associated Liver Disease

Claudia Tarli, Antonio Mirijello, Giovanni Addolorato

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Abstract

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is one of the main causes of global death and disability. The liver represents the main target of alcohol damage and alcohol associated liver disease (ALD) represents the first cause of liver cirrhosis in Western Countries. Alcohol abstinence is the main goal of treatment in AUD patients with ALD, because treatments for ALD are less effective when drinking continues. Moreover, the persistence of alcohol consumption is associated with higher mortality, increased need for liver transplantation and graft loss. The most effective treatment for AUD is the combination of psychosocial interventions, pharmacological therapy and medical management. However, the effectiveness of these treatments in patients with ALD are doubtful even because AUD patients with ALD are usually excluded from pharmacological trials due to concerns on liver safety. This narrative review will discuss the treatment options for AUD-ALD patients focusing on controversies in pharmacological therapy.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)N/A-N/A
RivistaSeminars in Liver Disease
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2022

Keywords

  • AUD

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