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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Aditya Govindavarjhulla, M.B.B.S. [2]; Kiran Singh, M.D. [3]

Epidemiology and Demographics

Prevalence

The prevalence of alcohol withdrawal is:

  • Approximately 50,000 per 100,000 (50%) in highly functional middle class.
  • > 80,000 per 100,000 (>80%) in hospitalized or homeless[1]
  • Between 13% and 71% of persons admitted for alcohol detoxification have evidence of alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

References

  1. Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders : DSM-5. Washington, D.C: American Psychiatric Association. 2013. ISBN 0890425558.

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