Alcohol & Other Drugs
September 10, 2014
Motivational Interviewing to Reduce Alcohol-Related Risks
Physicians can be key players in reducing the harms from alcohol. Impact can occur at less than two drinks per day and increases with the amount of alcohol consumed. Peterborough residents are even more at risk, since they binge drink and drink in excess of the low risk drinking guidelines even more than the provincial average.
An extensive body of literature shows that brief screening and interventions by a health care provider can greatly influence alcohol use/patterns and is more effective than broad-based public education campaigns.
The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and the College of Family Physicians Canada has sponsored a new website to guide family physicians and other primary care providers through the management of alcohol related issues. This new open source website provides a clear, algorithmic approach that utilizes current knowledge and motivational interviewing techniques. It archives valuable resources and tools, and provides links to complementary national and international sites.
Click here to access these tools: http://www.sbir-diba.ca/about-this-resource
Canada’s Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines
Canada has new national low-risk alcohol drinking guidelines, to help people who drink to reduce their immediate and long-term alcohol-related harm.
Drivers and women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or might be pregnant should not have any alcohol.
The complete guidelines are available online and there’s a fun video that explains them. For more information, please contact the Substance Misuse Prevention Program via email or call 703-743-1000, ext. 223.
Last modified on Apr 24, 2015