Changing treatment practices for alcohol use disorder could save lives

ScienceDaily | 8/29/2019 | Staff
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More than 1 million Canadians have alcohol use disorders in any given year, but the vast majority never receives professional help. Despite interventions for alcohol use disorders being effective and -- if performed according to current guidelines -- cost-saving, they are rare in Canada and elsewhere in the world.

According to senior author Dr. Jürgen Rehm, Senior Scientist at Institute for Mental Health and Policy Research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), improved and routine screening should start in primary care and should be followed by accessible specialized care when required.

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"Clinical interventions for alcohol use disorders need to start at the primary care level, if average consumption exceeds more than two drinks a day," said Dr. Rehm, "General practitioners should regularly be asking their patients about alcohol intake, and initiate interventions if required."

Stigma is one of the main reasons for a lack of intervention in primary care. While stigmatization of other mental disorders -- for instance for...
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