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Risk Factors for Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)

  • Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
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Risk Factors for Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)

A risk factor is something that raises a person's chances of getting a disease or health problem. A person can have AUD with or without the risks below. The more risks a person has, the greater the chances are.

AUD is most common in men and people who are 18 to 24 years old. Other things that may raise the risk are:


  • Alcohol use disorder. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/alcohol-use-disorder.
  • Alcohol withdrawal syndrome. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/alcohol-withdrawal-syndrome.
  • Day E, Copello A, Hull M. Assessment and management of alcohol use disorders. BMJ. 2015;350:h715.
  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). American Psychiatric Association; 2013.


  • Adrian Preda, MD
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This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.