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What is the diagnosis for Alcohol Intoxication?

A diagnosis of “alcohol intoxication” is based on a person’s recent ingestion of alcohol with:

  • Significant problematic behavioral of psychological changes, such as inappropriate sexual or aggressive behavior, strong mood changes or impaired judgment, that developed during or shortly after alcohol ingestion.
  • One or more of the following signs or symptoms developed during, or shortly after, alcohol use:
    • Slurred speech
    • Incoordination
    • Unsteady gait
    • Rapid eye movements
    • Impairment in attention or memory
    • Stupor or coma

The signs or symptoms are not attributable to another medical condition or mental disorder, including intoxication with another substance.

Mental Health Library Sources:

Information included in all topics of the Mental Health Library comes from the Desk Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria From DSM-5 and Kaplan & Sadock’s Concise Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry. Complete diagnostic and treatment information may be found within these publications.


Information within the Mental Health Library is not intended to be used for self-diagnosis purposes. Rather, it is provided as a public educational service to make people aware of mental health conditions. Please consult a qualified mental health professional for a diagnosis of any suspected mental health illness.

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