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Alcohol Use

Interventions

Brief interventions are increasingly recommended in the management of individuals with alcohol-related problems. These interventions are low-cost and have been proven effective. Research has shown that many patients cut down on their drinking simply because they were asked about their alcohol use. Effective screening for problematic drinking can be completed in as little as five minutes.

Alcohol Use in Our Community

In Hastings and Prince Edward Counties, 21% of males and 13% of females age 12+ reported binge drinking (five or more or four or more drinks on one occasion) at least once a month in the past year. This is a concern, considering excessive alcohol consumption significantly increases the risks of chronic disease, certain cancers, injury, violence, or death. Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines indicate that:

  • men should not exceed 3 alcoholic drinks/day and 15 drinks/week. 
  • women should not exceed two standard alcoholic drinks/day and 10 drinks/week.

Resources for Health Care Professionals

Resources for Patients

The following patient resources may be provided to your patient to support your brief intervention.

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