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Emergency departments are well placed to identify alcohol misuse problems

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 02 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:300
  1. Robert Patton, research associate (,
  2. Mike Crawford, senior lecturer,
  3. Robin Touquet, director of accident and emergency services
  1. Department of Public Mental Health, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London W2 1PD
  2. St Mary's Hospital, London W2 1NY

    EDITOR—We agree with Foster that greater attention must be paid to alcohol use disorders if national and international targets for suicide reduction are to be met.1 Accident and emergency departments have a central part to play in tackling the link between alcohol misuse and suicidal behaviour as most patients with deliberate self harm present there.

    Research has indicated that over half of men who present to hospital …

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