What’s the Deal on… Alcohol?

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“In 2010, liver disease accounted for 141,600 potential years of life lost. In 2030, liver disease is likely to account for many times that number if the present trajectory continues.” Professor Dame Sally C. Davies, Chief Medical Officer, March 2014.
 
If something isn’t done soon, we will face an alcohol-related health disaster of unimaginable proportions. Binge drinking by the young, alcoholism amongst the older population, and more than 10 million people - a third of men and one in five women - drinking above health guidelines, is a major cause for concern.
 
But you can do something about it. Even if you are not an alcohol specialist, frontline workers in health and social care settings can play a vital role in helping to reduce alcohol consumption overall. This course will increase your awareness, knowledge, skills and confidence in dealing with alcohol-related issues.
 
This one-day course provides an overview of: the history and pharmacology of alcohol; the nature of its use in the UK today; associated risks and consequences; practical skills to equip non-specialist workers; giving harm reduction advice; and treatment options.

Learning Objectives:

  • To examine the nature and extent of alcohol use in the UK today
  • To explore the effects, risks and harms associated with alcohol use
  • To highlight effective interventions that will encourage people to drink less
  • To improve confidence and competence in delivering effective interventions
 
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