Alcohol-induced mental or behavioural disorders are caused by excessive drinking of alcohol. Alcohol is a depressant drug that can interfere with the normal functioning of the brain, leading to changes in mood, behaviour and cognition.
Diagnosis of alcohol-induced mental or behavioural disorders is based on an assessment of the individual’s drinking habits, medical history and psychiatric symptoms. Additionally, laboratory tests may be used to assess the levels of alcohol in the bloodstream.
Differential diagnosis of alcohol-induced mental or behavioural disorders includes other forms of substance abuse and psychiatric disorders, such as depression and anxiety.
Treatment of alcohol-induced mental or behavioural disorders is focused on reducing alcohol consumption and providing support and treatment for any underlying psychiatric disorders. This may include psychotherapy, medication or support groups.
The prognosis for individuals with alcohol-induced mental or behavioural disorders is generally good. If the individual is able to reduce their alcohol consumption and receive treatment for any underlying conditions, they can often return to a normal level of functioning.