This guideline covers identifying, assessing and managing alcohol-use disorders (harmful drinking and alcohol dependence) in adults and young people aged 10–17 years. It aims to reduce harms (such as liver disease, heart problems, depression and anxiety) from alcohol by improving assessment and setting goals for reducing alcohol consumption.

NICE has also produced guidelines on alcohol-use disorders: prevention (public health guidance on preventing alcohol misuse) and alcohol-use disorders: diagnosis and clinical management of alcohol-related physical complications.


This guideline includes recommendations on:

Who is it for?

  • Healthcare professionals
  • People with alcohol-use disorders, their families and carers

Is this guideline up to date?

We checked this guideline in July 2019. We found no new evidence that affects the recommendations in this guideline.

Guideline development process

How we develop NICE guidelines