Should we Prescribe Benzos to Alcohol Abusers?
The Carlat Psychiatry Report, Volume 3, Number 9, September 2005
Daniel Carlat, MD
Dr. Carlat has disclosed that he has no significant relationships with or financial interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.
Whether one should prescribe BZs to patients with a history of alcoholism is a controversial question, and one that tends to polarize psychiatrists into the “purists” versus the “realists.” Most alcoholics take BZs at some point in the course of their disorder, sometimes illegitimately, but often as part of a bona fide treatment program.