Alcohol-use disorders - preventing harmful drinking (PH24)
Fast, easy summary view of NICE guidance on 'alcohol use disorders'
Specific, concise statements that act as markers of high-quality, cost-effective patient care
This guidance is for government, industry and commerce, the NHS and all those whose actions affect the population’s attitude to – and use of – alcohol. This includes commissioners, managers and practitioners working in:
- local authorities
- the wider public, private, voluntary and community sectors.
It may also be of interest to members of the public.
This is one of three pieces of NICE guidance addressing alcohol-related problems among people aged 10 years and older. (See also: Alcohol-use disorders in adults and young people: clinical management; and Alcohol dependence and harmful use: diagnosis and management in young people and adults.)
Alcohol-related harm is a major health problem. The guidance identifies how government policies on alcohol pricing, its availability and how it is marketed could be used to combat such harm (see recommendation 1 to 3). Changes in policy in these areas is likely to be more effective in reducing alcohol-related harm among the population as a whole than actions undertaken by local health professionals.
The recommendations for practice (recommendations 4 to 12) support, complement – and are reinforced by – these policy options. They cover:
- Resources for identifying and helping people with alcohol-related problems.
- Children and young people aged 10 to 15 years – assessing their ability to consent, judging their alcohol use, discussion and referral to specialist services.
- Young people aged 16 and 17 years – identification, offering motivational support or referral to specialist services.
- Adults – screening, brief advice, motivational support or referral.
This guidance has been incorporated into the following NICE Pathways, along with other related guidance and products.
Visit the NICE Pathway: alcohol use disorders
This page was last updated: 30 December 2013
Implementation tools and resources
- Audit support
- Costing report
- Educational resource
- Slide set
- Guide for commissioners: alcohol services
- Alcohol-use disorders - preventing harmful drinking: Self assessment tool
See this guidance in practice
The summary of the key recommendations in the guidance written for patients, carers and those with little medical knowledge and may be used in local patient information leaflets.
Quick Reference Guide
The quick reference guide presents recommendations for health professionals
The published NICE clinical guidance, contains the recommendations for health professionals and NHS bodies.
The published full clinical guidance for specialists with background, evidence, recommendations and methods used.