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New alcohol strategy being developed for England

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 17 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:636
  1. Judy Jones
  1. Malmesbury, Wiltshire

    A strategy for implementing screening for alcohol misuse and brief intervention is being developed for use in primary healthcare settings in England.

    Patients who drink excessively present to GPs and other primary health practitioners twice as often as other patients and may make up 20% of patients on a practice list, according to the Newcastle based research team that is developing the strategy.

    Several studies have shown, however, that problem drinkers who receive 5-10 minutes of structured advice …

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