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United Kingdom. Department of Health, National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse. (2006) Models of care for alcohol misusers (MoCAM). London: Department of Health. Gateway Ref: 5899.

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Models of care for alcohol misusers (MoCAM) provides best practice guidance for local health organisations and their partners in delivering a planned and integrated local treatment system for adult alcohol misusers. It will be relevant to primary care trusts (PCTs) who will play a leading role, in partnership with other local agencies, to commission appropriate alcohol services. MoCAM is explicitly identified as a significant milestone towards achieving the second aim of the Alcohol harm reduction strategy for England2 (2004), ‘to better identify and treat alcohol misuse’, and is a direct commitment in the Choosing Health3 White Paper (2004).

Alcohol misuse is associated with a wide range of problems, including physical health problems such as cancer and heart disease; offending behaviours, not least domestic violence; suicide and deliberate self-harm; child abuse and child neglect; mental health problems which co-exist with alcohol misuse; and social problems such as homelessness.

The evidence base indicates that much of this harm is preventable. The introduction and development of comprehensive integrated local alcohol treatment systems considerably benefits hazardous, harmful and dependent drinkers, their families and social networks, and the wider community.

Recent studies suggest that alcohol treatment has both short and long-term economic benefits. The Review of the effectiveness of treatment for alcohol problems1 suggests that provision of alcohol treatment to 10 per cent of the dependent drinking population within the UK would reduce public sector resource costs by between £109 million and £156 million each year. Furthermore, analysis from the United Kingdom Alcohol Treatment Trial suggests that for every £1 spent on alcohol treatment, the public sector saves £5.

MoCAM is informed by the document Models of care for the treatment of adult drug misusers4 (2002), which had drug treatment as its primary focus, but was acknowledged to be of ‘great relevance’ for alcohol service provision.

Item Type
Publication Type
International, Guideline, Report
Drug Type
Intervention Type
General / Comprehensive, Drug therapy, Treatment method, Psychosocial treatment method, Rehabilitation/Recovery
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Gateway Ref: 5899
92 p.
Department of Health
Corporate Creators
United Kingdom. Department of Health, National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse
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HRB (Electronic Only)

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