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Alcohol identification and brief advice

  • Released: 04/2017
  • Reviewed: N/A
  • Study time: 14h:0m
  • Standard price: £500.00
  • NHS HEE funded price: £0.00

This resource will help you acquire the knowledge, develop the skills and demonstrate the attitudes necessary to offer an alcohol identification and brief advice service.

Learning objectives

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:

  • describe how you would identify people who need the alcohol identification and brief advice service
  • demonstrate how you would open a conversation about alcohol use with people who may need the service
  • describe the components of both the initial assessment and the consultation
  • explain the current recommendations for lower risk limits of alcohol consumption and what a unit of alcohol is
  • explain the benefits of stopping drinking, or reducing alcohol consumption
  • explain the benefits of at least two drink-free days each week
  • explain the categories of drinker and where the person fits within the categories
  • explain the follow-up procedure
  • describe the referral pathway, where applicable
  • describe and explain the content of the information leaflet used for the service
  • complete the paperwork for the service
  • complete the necessary report to the harm reduction team when increasing risk and higher risk drinking is identified.

How to use this programme

You can download the materials you will need to run your event including a facilitator’s guide and any relevant presentations

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Pre-registration trainees