Quality standard

This quality standard covers identifying and supporting adults and young people (aged 10 and over) who may have an alcohol problem, and caring for people with alcohol-related health problems, such as alcohol dependence or Wernicke's encephalopathy. It also covers support for their families and carers. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

It does not cover managing other physical and mental health disorders associated with alcohol use.

Preventing and identifying alcohol problems in the community is covered by NICE’s quality standard on alcohol: preventing harmful use in the community.

How to use NICE quality standards and how we develop them

Quality standards help you improve the quality of care you provide or commission. They apply in England and Wales (see the UK government website and Welsh government website). Decisions on how they apply in Scotland and Northern Ireland are made by ministers in the Scottish government and Northern Ireland Executive.

Find out how to use quality standards and how we develop them. We check our quality standards every August to make sure they are up to date.