GPs told always to quizz patients about alcohol use

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New public health plans mean that [b]British[/b] GPs will be told to actively ask patients about their alcohol consumption even when they see them for unrelated health matters such as low mood, inability to sleep, diabetes and high blood pressure, reports [s]The Daily Telegraph[/s]. And under plans announced by the UK’s [b]National Institute for Health and Care Excellence[/b], the estimated 750,000 people drinking half a bottle of wine a night — henceforth categorised as ‘mild alcoholics — are to be put on nalmefene, the first ever drug to help reduce alcohol consumption.

Andrew Langford, CEO of the [b]British Liver Trust[/b], believes the pill could be useful because it targets people whose drinking is slowly damaging their health. ‘I am pleased that this is another treatment that is available but very importantly this new treatment must go alongside good counselling and good psychological support.’

Full Daily Telegraph report

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