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Health service response

Health services are central to tackling harm at the individual level among those with alcohol-use disorders and other conditions caused by harmful use of alcohol.

The provision of early intervention and treatment services is a key part of any comprehensive policy framework to reduce alcohol harm. The WHO Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol lists Health Services’ Response as one of its key priority policy areas.

There is good evidence to suggest that early identification and brief advice provided by general practitioners and other health and social care professionals can be effective in reducing alcohol consumption amongst heavy drinkers and therefore prevent alcohol related problems.

For people who suffer from problems with alcohol dependency, access to effective treatment services can play a vital role in both recovery from and management of alcohol-use disorders.

Public health professionals in the UK have expressed concerns that insufficient resources are currently allocated for training and delivery of early intervention and treatment.

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