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NHS Choices. (2013) Alcohol misuse overview. London: NHS Choices.

URL: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Alcohol-misuse/Pages/...

Alcohol misuse means drinking excessively - more than the recommended limits of alcohol consumption (see website).

This can lead to a number of harmful physical and psychological effects, such as alcohol poisoning, cirrhosis of the liver, inability to work and socialise and destructive behaviours, such as drink-driving.

Your risk of developing problems increases with the amount of alcohol you drink. The three main risk categories based on how much you drink, that can be used to help judge your own level of risk, are lower-risk, increasing-risk and higher-risk.

Item Type:Evidence resource
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:AOD disorder treatment method, AOD disorder harm reduction, Screening
Source:NHS Choices
Publisher:NHS Choices
Corporate Creators:NHS Choices
Place of Publication:London
Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
B Substances > Alcohol
F Concepts in psychology > Specific attitude and behaviour > risk-taking behaviour
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Alcohol use > Alcohol dependence
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Risk and protective factors > Risk factors
T Demographic characteristics > Substance or health care worker
T Demographic characteristics > Nurse / Midwife
T Demographic characteristics > Social worker

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