Alcohol-related problems: Recognition and intervention

Sandra K. Burge, F. David Schneider

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Abstract

Early identification of alcohol-related problems is important because these problems are prevalent, pose serious health risks to patients and their families, and are amenable to intervention. Physicians may be able to help patients change their drinking behaviors. The most effective tool for screening is a thorough history of the patient's drinking behavior, designed to identify patterns of alcohol-related difficulties with physical and mental health, family life, legal authorities and employment. Alcohol drinkers can be categorized as at-risk, problem or alcohol dependent, according to a protocol developed by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The severity of the alcohol problem and the patient's readiness to change should determine the intervention selected by the family physician.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)361-370
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Family Physician
Volume59
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 15 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice

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