Screening and brief interventions for harmful alcohol use: where to now?

Chris B Holmwood
Med J Aust 2021; 214 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50927
Published online: 25 January 2021

Current calls for primary care‐based screening and brief interventions for alcohol use should be reviewed

Alcohol continues to contribute to significant morbidity and mortality in the Australian community. It is responsible for 4.5% of total disease burden,1 and 4186 deaths in 20172 and over 144 000 hospitalisations per year.3 While levels of alcohol consumption are slowly declining, alcohol continues to be a major preventable contributor to disease and death among Australians.

  • Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia, Adelaide, SA


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