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The Nature of Psychopathology and Abnormal Psychology
The Diagnosis of Mental Disorders

Alcohol Intoxication (303.00)

DSM-IV-TR criteria

A. Recent ingestion of alcohol

B. Clinically significant maladaptive behavioral or psychological changes (e.g., inappropriate sexual or aggressive behavior, mood lability, impaired judgment, impaired social or occupational functioning) that developed during, or shortly after, alcohol ingestion.

C. One (or more) of the following signs, developing during, or shortly after, alcohol use:

  1. Slurred speech
  2.  Incoordination
  3.  Unsteady gait
  4.  Nystagmus (involuntary eye movement)
  5.  Impairment in attention or memory
  6.  Stupor or coma


D. The symptoms are not due to a general medical condition and are not better accounted for by another mental disorder.

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