Role of nurses in alcohol screening and treatment interventions

Role of nurses in alcohol screening and treatment interventions

Ian Webzell Alcohol and substance misuse clinical nurse specialist, Institute of Liver Studies, King’s College Hospital, London, England

Why you should read this article:
  • » To understand the role of nurses in reducing alcohol-related health harms

  • » To undertake effective alcohol screening, brief interventions and referral to specialist services for further treatment

  • » To count towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD, or you may wish to write a reflective account (UK readers)

  • » To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

Alcohol consumption can be a positive factor in many people’s social lives, but for some individuals it may cause associated harm to their health. Alcohol consumption can also place a burden on healthcare services. This article explores the trends of alcohol use, primarily in the UK, and outlines the related health effects. The author reviews the screening and brief interventions that non-specialist nurses can use, in partnership with patients, where they have concerns regarding patients’ alcohol use and its potentially harmful health effects.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2018.e11173


Webzell I (2018) Role of nurses in alcohol screening and treatment interventions. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2018.e11173

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software


Conflict of interest

None declared

Published online: 04 July 2018