- Alcohol-related conditions cost the NHS over £2.7bn annually
- In one study, one in four patients receiving brief intervention reduced their drinking significantly
- Brief intervention works best at a “teachable moment” in a drinker’s life
- Nurses are well placed to deliver brief intervention because of their rapport with patients
- A simple framework can help nurses to structure interventions
- What are the safe drinking recommendations for men and women?
- What is the definition of hazardous drinking?
- What are the health effects of excessive drinking?
- How do you screen patients’ alcohol intake?
- How would you carry out a brief intervention to address a patient’s drinking behaviour?
- How effective are brief interventions?
- Why are nurses best placed to deliver brief interventions?
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