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Alcohol-use Disorder: Preventing Harmful Drinking (PH 24)


National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

Subject Keywords: Harmful drinking, Alcohol consumption, Drugs misuse, Education, Prevention
Topic: Cardiovascular Health (Draft)
Chronic Conditions
Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)
Chronic Conditions
Type: Guideline
Region: United Kingdom

This guidance is for government, industry and commerce, the NHS and all those whose actions affect the population’s attitude to – and use of – alcohol. This includes commissioners, managers and practitioners working in: - local authorities - education - the wider public, private, voluntary and community sectors. It may also be of interest to members of the public. This is one of three pieces of NICE guidance addressing alcohol-related problems among people aged 10 years and older. (See also: Alcohol-use disorders in adults and young people: clinical management; and Alcohol dependence and harmful use: diagnosis and management in young people and adults.) Alcohol-related harm is a major health problem. The guidance identifies how government policies on alcohol pricing, its availability and how it is marketed could be used to combat such harm (see recommendation 1 to 3). Changes in policy in these areas is likely to be more effective in reducing alcohol-related harm among the population as a whole than actions undertaken by local health professionals. The recommendations for practice (recommendations 4 to 12) support, complement – and are reinforced by – these policy options. They cover: - Licensing. - Resources for identifying and helping people with alcohol-related problems. - Children and young people aged 10 to 15 years – assessing their ability to consent, judging their alcohol use, discussion and referral to specialist services. - Young people aged 16 and 17 years – identification, offering motivational support or referral to specialist services. - Adults – screening, brief advice, motivational support or referral.



Rights: © 2010 National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
Suggested citation:

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. (2010) Alcohol-use Disorder: Preventing Harmful Drinking (PH 24) [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 18th September 2019].


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