The concept of alcohol craving.
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Ośrodek Leczenia Uzależnień w Lublinie
II Klinika Psychiatrii i Rehabilitacji Psychiatrycznej UM w Lublinie
Submission date: 2014-02-21
Final revision date: 2014-06-03
Acceptance date: 2014-06-08
Publication date: 2015-04-30
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Katarzyna Agnieszka Iwanicka   

Ośrodek Leczenia Uzależnień w Lublinie, ul. Karłowicza 1, 20-027 Lublin, Polska
Psychiatr Pol 2015;49(2):295-304
The aim of the article was to assess how the perception of alcohol craving, which is one of the symptoms of alcohol dependence, evolved, as well as how it was reflected in the diagnostic classifications. The purpose of this article was also a discussion of the models of the origins of craving, explaining the etiology of this phenomenon and the tools for measuring this concept. The concept of craving, defined as a strong need or compulsion to drink alcohol, functioned for many years, not only in the clinical practice but also as a concept inherently associated with alcohol dependence. However, among experts and researchers, there was no consensus about the etiology of this phenomenon and its development. Some emphasize the emotional – motivational aspect of it, while in the literature also its cognitive – behavioral nature is highlighted. Craving as a symptom has been recognized as a diagnostic criterion of alcohol dependence in the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems – ICD 10. In the year 2013, it was also indicated as a symptom of disorder resulting from alcohol abuse in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – DSM 5. It seems to be significant also to discuss the tools used to measure craving, both in clinical trials and therapeutic practice, among them: the Alcohol Specific Role Play Test, Obsessive Compulsive Drinking Scale (OCDS) Lubeck Craving Scale (LCRR) and Alcohol Urge Questionnaire (AUQ).
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