Alcohol-related problems: recognition and intervention.

  title={Alcohol-related problems: recognition and intervention.},
  author={Sandra K. Burge and F David Schneider},
  journal={American family physician},
  volume={59 2},
  pages={361-70, 372}
Early identification of alcohol-related problems is important because these problems are prevalent, pose serious health risks to patients and their families, and are amenable to intervention. Physicians may be able to help patients change their drinking behaviors. The most effective tool for screening is a thorough history of the patient's drinking behavior, designed to identify patterns of alcohol-related difficulties with physical and mental health, family life, legal authorities and… CONTINUE READING