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Psychopharmacology

, Volume 235, Issue 9, pp 2771–2773 | Cite as

New steps for treating alcohol use disorder: the emerging importance of physical exercise

  • Mats Hallgren
  • Davy Vancampfort
  • Andreas Lundin
  • Victoria Andersson
  • Sven Andréasson
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

We commend Campbell et al. (2018) for their highly informative mini-review titled “New treatments for alcohol use disorder,” recently published in Psychopharmacology (Campbell et al. 2018). Focusing primarily on severe alcohol use disorder (AUD), the authors correctly note that many guidelines have not kept pace with innovations in the treatment of AUD. We also concur that medication plays a key role in the treatment of severe AUD, and that technology-based interventions have potential to increase help-seeking, particularly among those who perceive specialized treatments as stigmatizing. Here, we complement their timely review, which focuses on advances in pharmacotherapy, by outlining the emerging rationale for using exercise as an adjunct treatment for AUD. In this context, “exercise” refers to a sub-set of physical activity which is planned, repetitive, and purposefully engaged in to improve fitness and/or health.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Karolinska InstitutetDepartment of Public Health SciencesStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Department of Rehabilitation SciencesKU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  3. 3.KU LeuvenUniversity Psychiatric Center KU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  4. 4.Center for Psychiatry ResearchStockholmSweden
  5. 5.Riddargatan 1: clinic for Alcohol and HealthStockholmSweden

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