Alcohol and primary health care
AbstractOn a European scale, drinking alcohol results in suffering and costs of enormous proportions, which have an impact on the health and welfare of men and women, children and adults, rich and poor, those who do the drinking and those who bear the consequences of the drinker’s behaviour. Alcohol-related problems have many causes, arise in various situations and affect different types of people. The response to these problems therefore needs to be comprehensive, involving public policy, community programmes and action at the primary health care level. The WHO European Alcohol Action Plan stresses that health care systems, traditionally involved in managing alcohol problems, must play a greater role in the detection and prevention of alcohol-related harm. Primary health care is seen as an important setting for identifying those at risk from heavy drinking and helping them to reduce their consumption. It is also the major supporter of families and self-help groups, and acts as an advocate of public health for local communities. This book goes some way to answering the question of how the harm done by alcohol use can be prevented and managed in primary health care. It discusses strategies and approaches that can be adopted by primary health care providers in their everyday work with individuals and families, and outlines the possibilities for them to participate in community action and to advocate for healthy public policy on alcohol.
Anderson, Peter. (1996). Alcohol and primary health care. World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe. https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/272652
WHO Regional Publications, European Series; 64
Descriptioniv, 90 p.