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[Irish Medical Times] Approaching alcohol consumption in primary care. (05 Feb 2014)

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The launch of a new evidence-based toolkit for GPs aims to support primary care in providing screening and brief interventions for harmful alcohol use.
Evidence-based screening and brief interventions for problem alcohol consumption in primary care can make a major impact on the health of harmful and hazardous drinkers and save lives, a recent Dublin meeting on the subject heard.

A new alcohol management toolkit for GPs, sponsored by Lundbeck, that covers all aspects of screening and intervention required to address the broad spectrum of alcohol issues encountered in primary care was launched at the meeting.

Chaired by Dr Miriam Daly, the meeting was attended by GPs from around the country keen to hear about how general practice can take a more proactive, evidence-based approach to picking up and addressing problem alcohol use in their patients. The meeting focused on when and who to screen, and what tools have been shown to work and are in use in the UK, which has a more structured approach to alcohol misuse in the community than Ireland.


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