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The Clinically Meaningful Link Between Alcohol Use and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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This article first summarizes the diagnostic criteria for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It then examines the hypothesis that ADHD is a casual factor in the development of problematic alcohol consumption. Finally, it reviews some preliminary research suggesting that ADHD and its treatment may have important implications for the prevention and treatment of alcohol-related problems.

This course is based on the reading-based online, The Clinically Meaningful Link Between Alcohol Use and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder created by Brooke S. G. Molina, William E. Pelham, Jr., and Bradley H. Smith



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Course Material Authors

Brooke S. G. Molina

Brooke S. G. Molina, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

William E. Pelham, Jr.

William E. Pelham, Jr., Ph.D., is a professor in the Departments of Psychology, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry at the State University of New York at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York.

Bradley H. Smith

Bradley H. Smith, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina.

Course Creator

Keith Gibson, Ph.D.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about the link between alcohol use and ADHD. It is appropriate for introductory to intermediate levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify the diagnostic criteria for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

  2. Explain the causal link between ADHD and alcohol use and abuse.

  3. Describe the mediators between ADHD and alcohol use and abuse.

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The Clinically Meaningful Link Between Alcohol Use and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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Course Retired
Course Number 101249
1 credit hour
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  • Reading-Based Online
Exam Fee: No Longer Available
4.31 out of 5
87 members have taken this course


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