Published October 16, 2018 at 18:21

Alcohol-related harm is a major health problem. Reducing alcohol-related harm is one of the key indicators in health improvement.

Some 27% of men and 13% of women in England drink alcohol in a way that presents increasing risk to their health and wellbeing, an estimated 10.4 million people. This was most common among men and women aged 55 to 64. In addition, 4% of men drank over 50 units and 3% of women drank over 35 units in the last week, significantly raising the risk of harm.

It is estimated that 1.4% of the adult population in England (595,000) is dependent on alcohol and potentially in need of specialist assessment and treatment.

Core principles for healthcare professionals

Healthcare professionals should:

  • know the needs of individuals, communities and population and the services available
  • think about the resources available in health and wellbeing systems
  • be aware that different degrees of alcohol misuse will require different levels of intervention and understand specific activities that can prevent, protect, and promote

Making Every Contact Count (MECC)

Utilise the MECC approach to inspire positive change, and/or directing them where to go for further help where required.

All Our Health

Provides comprehensive information on what Healthcare professionals should provide in terms of information, advice and support around Alcohol reduction interventions at a community, family and individual level.

Digital Tools

Direct individuals drinking above low risk levels to appropriate support material available on alcohol learning resources including One You Drinks Tracker and identification and brief advice tool