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Moran, Neil R and Jones, Ellril and O'Toole, Aoibhlinn M and Murray, Frank (2014) Alcohol withdrawal recognition and screening in the acute medical setting. European Journal of Internal Medicine , 25 , (7) , e87.

The increase in high risk drinking patterns, and binge drinking in particular, pose substantial problems for health services and represent a major public health issue. The most recent European Barometer survey on attitudes towards alcohol reports a Europe wide increase in alcohol consumption [1]. Europe is the continent with the highest per capita alcohol consumption in the world with an estimated burden of disease attributable to alcohol of 8–10% [1], compared to the global figure of 4–5% [2]. Emergency Department (ED) presentations and hospital admissions attributable to alcohol have increased over the past decade [3–5].


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