All this British study did was ask people out shopping, working or relaxing to complete a brief written survey about their drinking which ended with an injunction to make concrete plans to drink safely. Too simple to work?
A survey of GPs’ knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding the prevention and management of alcohol-related problems
Alcohol related problems are one of the leading causes of morbidity and premature death. Primary care is ideal for early detection and secondary prevention of alcohol-related problems and brief interventions have been shown to reduce excessive consumption in primary care patients. However, General Practitioners (GPs) exhibit low levels of formal identification, treatment and referral of patients with alcohol related problems.
Hypertension is an important preventable risk factor for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of mortality in the UK. The pattern of alcohol intake is likely to be a major contributing factor in the complex effects of alcohol on cardiovascular disease. However, despite substantial evidence on the relationship between alcohol and blood pressure, there is considerable variation in the reported nature of this relationship.