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[irishhealth.com] , Hunter, Niall GPs in new safe drinking initiative. (13 Feb 2014)

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GPs will be able to show patients what a standard drinks measure is under a new alcohol initiative being launched by the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP).

The standard drinks (SD) measure, which the College is distributing to GPs around the country, is a glass which has the accurate measure of one unit of wine or spirits marked on it.

SD is a simple way of expressing the quantity of pure alcohol in a drink. One SD contains 10g of pure alcohol, which is the estimated amount of alcohol the average adult can process in an hour.

The plastic glass is for use in patient consultations as a visual aid to help GPs, practice nurses to explain recommended alcohol consumption levels to patients.

The new standard drinks measure is part of a range of alcohol awareness initiatives being launched by the College to help GPs identify and tackle alcohol addiction.

According to Department of Health statistics, 11,740 bed days were used for alcohol detoxification in 2012, which, at an average cost of €1,000 euro per day. This equals an economic cost to the health service of €11 million.....


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