Bipolar and Alcohol Use Disorders: Not a Simple Coincidence

In the US, almost one of every two people with Bipolar Disorder suffer with comorbid Alcohol Use Disorder.  This complicates the diagnosis, the prognosis and the course of an already difficult to treat illness. We will review epidemiological data, some theories intended to explain this association, and the most evidence-based pharmacological and therapeutic interventions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the strength of association between bipolar and alcohol use disorder
  2. Understand the clinical outcomes when this comorbidity is present.
  3. Describe the most evidence-based pharmacological and psychotherapeutic interventions in this dual problem.

Prescribing clinicians and their teams

Continuing Medical Education
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Maine Medical Education Trust and CCSME. The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this regularly scheduled series for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

*Nurses and Nurse Practitioners will be awarded a certificate of participation with a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Contact Hours
1 contact hours for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and behavioral health professionals.
1 Category I contact hours for psychologists. CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.
1 contact hours for Alcohol and Drug Counselors pending approval by the Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors
1 contact hours CHES. CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.


  • Javier Ballester Gonzalez
    Javier Ballester Gonzalez

    Javier Ballester in an addiction psychiatrist and medical director of the Substance Abuse and Residential Rehabilitation Center at the Salt Lake City VA. He is certified in General and Addiction Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. He completed a residency in Psychiatry at Hospital 12 de Octubre in Madrid (Spain) and later on he was awarded a Koplowitz Fellowship to study Child and Adoscent Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. He then completed a second residency in Psychiatry at Yale University where he also finished the Addiction Psychiatry fellowship. He was the past president of the Utah Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and currently belongs to the Science Initiative Subcommittee of this organization.


Jun 05 2024


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



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