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Some screening is necessary to identify excessive drinkers early in primary care

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 08 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:550
  1. Nick Heather, professor,
  2. Peter Anderson, honorary research fellow,
  3. Antoni Gual, director,
  4. Kaija Seppä, professor of general practice
  1. Centre for Alcohol and Drug Studies, Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland Mental Health NHS Trust, University of Northumbria at Newcastle, Newcastle on Tyne NE1 6UR
  2. Department of Primary Care, University of Oxford, Oxford OX3 7LF
  3. Alcohol Unit, Hospital Clinic, Generalitat de Catalunya, E 08028 Barcelona, Spain
  4. Medical School, University and University Hospital of Tampere, Fin-33014, Finland

    EDITOR—In his comments on the paper by Beich et al, Rollnick refers to “a seemingly flat refusal from a group of leading European alcohol researchers to accept the validity of a qualitative study that reported concerns expressed by practitioners.” 1 2 As the researchers in question and as members of the WHO Phase IV Research Group (collaborative project on identification and management of alcohol-related problems in primary health care) whose work was …

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