Thursday, 24 October 2013

Alcohol Abuse - Discharge Advice

- Assess all patients prior to discharge from hospital
- Offer the patient a referral to social services in order to help them address any social problems which may be contributing to their alcohol dependence

- Offer the patient either:
   - Brief interventions with the liaison nurse or a member of the liaison team
   These are interviews to explore why the patient has alcohol dependence and to advise them on how they can prevent harmful drinking in the future
   - Referral to a psychiatrist
    Patients with a history of mental health problems should have a longer course of treatment which is overseen by a psychiatrist.

Patient Contacts
Drinkline - The National Alcohol Helpline
0800 917 8282 - (England and Wales, Mon -Fri, 9am -11pm)
Drinkline offers free, confidential information and advice on alcohol.
Helpline: 0845 769 7555; email:
Contact details for all English AA meetings. There is a quiz to determine whether AA is the right type of organisation for an individual, and a frequently asked question section about AA and alcoholism.
Al-Anon Family Groups UK and Eire
Helpline: 020 7403 0888 (10am -10pm, 365 days a year); email:
Support group for friends and families of alcoholics. Includes a frequently asked questions section, pamphlets and other literature, and information on group meetings in the UK.
This site provides information and articles on a range of topics surrounding alcoholism. Includes 18 excellent factsheets crammed with information that would be very useful for professionals such as Alcohol and the Law and Drink-drive accidents, a search engine, and a good list of alcohol related links.
50 Ways To Leave Your Lager

If you believe you’re drinking too much, or you know alcohol is having a detrimental effect on your life, this website can help.
Based at University College London Medical School, and managed by the charity Alcohol Concern, this site is designed to help you work out whether you're drinking too much, and if so, what you can do about it.
Foundation 66
Foundation 66 works  with individuals, communities and policy makers to reduce the harm caused by problem alcohol and drug use. Email:

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