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Online screening for alcohol and other drug problems: an acceptable method for accessing help

Ann S Wilson, David W Best, Michael Savic and Dan I Lubman
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (3): 170. || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10219
Published online: 5 August 2013

To the Editor: Alcohol and other drug (AOD)-related harms are considerable,1 yet individuals with AOD disorders are reluctant to seek treatment.2,3 Barriers to help-seeking include issues of stigma and a lack of understanding of what treatment involves. One possible approach to improving access is the use of online tools that provide advice about available help options. While online screening for alcohol has shown value as a complement to AOD-related treatment in a Swedish sample, limited work has been conducted examining such utility for AOD-related problems within an Australian context.4

  • Ann S Wilson1
  • David W Best1
  • Michael Savic1
  • Dan I Lubman1,2

  • 1 Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.

Correspondence: annw@turningpoint.org.au

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