Medical History from Pilot Applicant Seeking Airman Medical Certification

Item 18o: Alcohol dependence or Abuse

Apr 2014

Guidance is compiled and interpreted by professional pilots and physicians at from the 2014 AME Guide pages 33-40, FAA and FDA web data ( &, instructions specified in the Aeronautical Information Manual, Federal Air Surgeon Bulletins from 1999-2015, and 14 CFR Part 61 and Part 67 (the FARs).

18.o. Alcohol dependence or abuse. Instructions are the same as for (Item 18.n.) which is repeated here for convenience:

FAA Definitions: Substance Dependence; or failed a drug test ever; or substance abuse or use of illegal substance in the last 2 years. "Substance" includes alcohol and other drugs (e.g., PCP, sedatives and hypnotics, anxiolytics, marijuana, cocaine, opioids, amphetamines, hallucinogens, and other psychoactive drugs or chemicals). For a "yes" answer to Item 18.n. (or this question 18.o), the AME should obtain a detailed description of the history. A history of substance dependence or abuse is disqualifying. The AME must defer issuance of a certificate if there is doubt concerning an applicant's substance use. (See Item 47 Psychiatric)

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