Alcohol Brief Intervention

Course Outline

A survey of general practitioners’ knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding the prevention and management of alcohol-related problems has been released by the Alcohol Education & Research Council

Alcohol related problems are one of the leading causes of morbidity and premature death. Primary care is ideal for early detection and secondary prevention of alcohol-related problems and brief interventions have been shown to reduce excessive consumption in primary care patients.

The main barriers to involvement in alcohol intervention were that GPs were too

busy (63%), that GPs were not trained in counselling for reducing alcohol consumption (57%) and that the current GMS contract did not encourage work with alcohol problems (48%).

The aim of this training is to increase knowledge of alcohol use and its effects. It will also enable staff to have more confidence in delivering Alcohol brief interventions as part of the Enhanced Service. It is ideal for those that prefer a more hands on and practical approach to carrying out brief interventions.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is specifically designed for GP Practitioners, Nurse Practitioners and other health care support staff working within a community medical facility

How long is the course?

1 day

What will you learn?

– Increased knowledge of the effects of alcohol and be able to recognise the signs and symptoms of use

– Understand Brief Intervention’s and their application

– To be able to complete AUDIT and AUDIT C Screening Tools


“The course was brilliant, very down to earth & put in simple, understandable terms”


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