Alcohol-attributable injuries and violence are of growing concern to the World Health
Organization. Alcohol-related injuries are especially evident in hospital emergency rooms and
trauma centers. The clinical encounters in these settings present a one-time chance for health
professionals to get access to a population often difficult to reach. Reduction of the burden of
such injuries can be achieved by implementing evidence-based public health strategies, policy
measures and effective interventions on a broad scale.
This publication draws together the current state of knowledge on research, practice and policy
issues on the association of alcohol with injuries. It synthesizes the results of studies from a number
of hospital emergency departments conducted in different cultural settings, including the World
Health Organization s Collaborative Study on Alcohol and Injuries. The book provides an introduction
to the epidemiology of alcohol-related injuries and refers to methodological issues of studies
conducted in emergency departments. It also addresses public policy implications and equips the
reader with practical information on interventions that can be implemented in emergency departments
such as screening and brief interventions for hazardous and harmful drinking.
Alcohol and Injuries: Emergency Department Studies in an International Perspective will be a useful
and important source for researchers, service providers and policy makers on international
and national levels as well as for all those who are concerned with alcohol-related injuries and
violence and the reduction of public health problems caused by the harmful use of alcohol.