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Alcohol Alcohol. 2002 Jul-Aug;37(4):307-12.

Alcohol and the accident and emergency department: a current review.

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  • 1Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine, St Mary's Hospital Medical School Campus, Norfolk Place, London W2 1NY, UK.


Alcohol misuse constitutes a major problem in our modern society and both physical and mental alcohol-related harm result in a large number of Accident and Emergency (A&E) attendances, thus imposing a significant burden on the workload and financial resources of the department. The current management of problem drinking by most A&E departments could be further improved. The introduction of a holistic approach that includes efficient screening instruments and effective brief, anti-alcoholic interventions, for the management of these patients must be considered. This should strengthen the preventive role of A&E departments, and, in the long term, may result in a decrease in the number of cases of alcohol misuse and in alcohol-related attendances.

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