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Family doctors should do more to screen for risky alcohol use: study

Research published March 2, 2015 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests health care professionals should ask patients if they consume alcohol, and if they do, how many days a week and how many drinks per day. This screening and brief intervention could catch patients before their drinking becomes a problem.

Canadian researchers suggest we need to do even more, however, including adding training on alcohol misuse to medical education, implementing screening at hospitals and primary care clinics, creating pathways for referral, and funding medications for alcohol use disorders.

You can read the CBC report here.

You can also see our Primary Care Addiction Toolkit.  It covers alcohol use, smoking cessation and opioid use and we're adding a section on cannabis use. 

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