Alcohol Use | Core Competencies

Alcohol Use Core Competencies

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CME Credits: 
1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ 
Full accreditation information listed below.

Additional Course Details

Description: Part of the Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies program, this topic module contains one unit. 

The healthcare practitioner has a growing role to play in addressing alcohol use among their patients. The purpose of this module is to improve your ability to define and identify risky levels and patterns of alcohol use in order to provide appropriate treatment for your patients. By incorporating screening assessments for alcohol use the practitioner will be able to recommend and deliver treatment accordingly.

Increasing the skill level of a wider range of clinicians, including primary care practitioners, to address risky alcohol use will lead to improvement in patients’ long-term health risks. By incorporating this important component of lifestyle medicine, clinicians will be more comfortable with providing interventions and referrals. 

Learning Objectives:
Incorporating alcohol use assessment and intervention into your practice is a key step toward practicing lifestyle medicine. Many alcohol use strategies revolve around lifestyle changes of your patients. Your increased knowledge and competence about alcohol use will help with better diagnosis and treatment options for improved health for your patients.

After viewing the module presentations, learners should be able to:

Risky Alcohol Use and Alcohol Use Disorder: Screening and Intervention

  • Recognize why alcohol use should be addressed in the clinical setting
  • Identify key alcohol use definitions and diagnostic criteria in order to make treatment decisions
  • Screen all patients for alcohol use and address any related health effects
  • Use validated alcohol use screening instruments to best assess patient risk
  • Provide your patients with brief interventions or more extensive treatment and/or referrals to specialists when appropriate

Module Format: The Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies education activity is composed of a series of modules viewed in a digital format. Users are able to move through the module at their own pace. It begins and ends with an assessment of the learner's comprehension of the subject matter. Interactive scenarios, images, audio, and video may have been added to enhance the experience. 

Duration: 1 hour

Assessment and Measurement: A score of 80% or higher on the unit quizzes is required to pass the module.

Specifications: This module can be viewed on desktop, tablet or mobile device. Speakers or headphones are required for this program. Laptop or PC preferred.

Term of Approval: January 26, 2022 – January 26, 2025

Enrollment: Access to online material is granted through the term approval which ends January 26, 2025.

Accreditation Statement: 
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). The American College of Preventive Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Please note: Continuing Education (CE) for allied health professionals is ONLY available for the full 32-hour program and is NOT available for individual modules.

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Statement:
This curriculum is applicable for Maintenance of Certification Credit (MOC) by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

Designation Statement:
The ACPM designates this enduring material for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. ACPM is not accredited to offer credit to non-physicians. To determine if activities designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ are acceptable for your licensing or certification needs, please contact your credentialing body directly.

Faculty Disclosures:
The American College of Preventive Medicine supports fair and unbiased participation of individuals in Academy/Foundation education activities. Any real or potential conflicts of interest must be identified and managed. All relevant financial relationships with commercial interests that directly impact and/or might conflict with College activities must be disclosed, or disclosure that no relevant financial relationships exist must be documented. Other relationships that could cause private interests to conflict with professional interests must also be disclosed. This policy is intended to openly identify any potential conflict so that participants in an education activity are able to form their own judgments about the presentation. In addition, disclosure must be made of presentations on drugs or devices or uses of drugs or devices that have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

This activity does not include any discussion of drugs and devices that have not been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. No off-label use is discussed in this publication.

This activity did not receive commercial support.


Shaylona Kirk, MD, MPH, MA
Has nothing to disclose


Susan Benigas
Executive Director, ACLM
No relationships to disclose

Donna Grande, MGA
Chief Executive Officer, ACPM
No relationships to disclose

Angela Mickalide, PhD, MCHES
Vice President of Programs and Education, ACPM
No relationships to disclose

Stephanie Madrigal, MS
Manager, Education, ACPM
No relationships to disclose

Liana Lianov, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACLM, DipABLM
HealthType LLC, Principal and Founder
No relationships to disclose

Paulina Shetty, MS, RDN, CPT, DipACLM
Director of Education, ACLM
No relationships to disclose

Alexandra Kees, MPH
Education Project Manager, ACLM
No relationships to disclose

Amanda Zelek, PharmD, DipACLM
Reviewer, ACLM
No relationships to disclose

Kelly Freeman, MSN, AGPCNP-BC, DipACLM
Director, Academic Advancement, ACLM
No relationships to disclose

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