Doctors and researchers have discovered that it is possible to reduce excessive drinking among Accident & Emergency (A&E) casualties through simple interventions such as offering appointments with alcohol health workers.
According to research, published yesterday in The Lancet, the team discovered that by offering patients in A&E who had been drinking excessively the chance to visit an alcohol health worker, it was possible to reduce excessive drinking, and limit subsequent further visits to hospital.
The team, from Imperial College London, St Mary’s Hospital NHS Trust, St George’s Hospital Medical School, King’s College London and Central and North West London Mental Health Trust, placed 599 A&E casualties into one of two groups for the study. One group received a leaflet warning them about the health risks of excessive drinking, while the other group received the leaflet, and were also sent to an alcohol health worker.
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