Alcohol misuse and abuse is often a hidden problem, even from a patient's physician.
The American College of Physicians (ACP) has asked its members to take a few minutes on Thursday 8 April to screen all patients for alcohol use and misuse, regardless of the reasons for their visit.
This effort is part of National Alcohol Screening Day, a national program dedicated to educating the public about alcohol's effects on health. The ACP has cosponsored the event for several years.
|National Alcohol Screening Day, 8 April 2004.|
|American College of Physicians|
"This is a wonderful way to increase the awareness of internists and other health care providers to problem drinking," said Dr Patrick Alquire, Director of ACP's Education and Career Development Department.
On 8 April 2004, participating physicians, nurses, psychologists and social workers will give patients a 1-page screening form that addresses the full range of alcohol disorders, from at-risk drinking to dependence.
The health professionals will then discuss results with patients. They will offer educational brochures about the effects of alcohol on overall health, and, where appropriate, refer patients to specialized treatment.