Reducing alcohol-related health risks: the role of the nurse
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Reducing alcohol-related health risks: the role of the nurse

Anne Govier Clinical nurse specialist, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Cardiff
Colin Rees Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies, Cardiff University, Cardiff

The negative effects of alcohol consumption are increasingly being recognised in the UK, with statistics highlighting the health and social problems associated with the misuse of alcohol. Consequently, nurses need to consider their role in educating and advising patients about ‘safe’ drinking limits. This article identifies some of the problems with adhering to such safe drinking limits, for example, the miscalculation of alcohol units. In addition, the article highlights nursing interventions that can be used with all patients, not just those presenting with alcohol-related problems, to increase awareness of the negative effects of harmful alcohol consumption.

Nursing Standard. 27, 50, 42-46. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 07 August 2012

Accepted: 10 June 2013