Developing Clinical Guidelines for both Primary and Secondary Care

Alcohol use disorders in adults and young people

Alcohol-use disorders: physical complications


The advice in the NICE guideline covers:

The care of adults and young people (aged 10 years and older) who have any of the following physical health problems that are completely or partly caused by alcohol use:

  • acute alcohol withdrawal (which occurs if a ‘dependent’ drinker suddenly stops drinking)
  • lack of thiamine (also called vitamin B1) in the body, which can cause a condition called Wernicke’s encephalopathy
  • liver disease
  • inflammation of the pancreas (called pancreatitis).

It does not specifically look at the care of:

  • women who are pregnant
  • children younger than 10 years
  • people with physical or mental health conditions caused by alcohol use other than those listed above.

Full guidelineGuidance documents