Alkoholintoxikation - ein psychiatrischer Notfall

Translated title of the contribution: Alcohol Intoxication - A Psychiatric Emergency

Tilman Wetterling, Klaus Junghanns*

*Corresponding author for this work


Alcohol intoxication is the most common psychiatric cause of admission to German emergency rooms. Many of these patients refuse inpatient observation or treatment. Therefore, the physician in charge will have to decide on how to proceed. The capacity to consent has to be clarified, especially if the patient insists on being discharged. In this context, the risks of injuries, complicated alcohol withdrawal, and aggressive or suicidal behaviour have to be evaluated. In this article, the juridical aspects and the necessary mental and physical assessments, especially in case of discharge of the patient against medical advice, are presented. Essential aspects are summarized in checklists.

Translated title of the contributionAlcohol Intoxication - A Psychiatric Emergency
Original languageGerman
JournalFortschritte der Neurologie Psychiatrie
Issue number7
Pages (from-to)361-366
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 18.03.2019

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)


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