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25/10/2017

WHO publishes training manual on alcohol brief interventions in primary care

In an attempt to help Member States to introduce and expand alcohol screening and brief intervention (SBI) programmes, WHO/Europe has launched a training manual called “WHO training on alcohol brief interventions in primary care”. It aims to support the development and implementation of comprehensive training in SBIs for primary health care professionals.

The publication, produced with financial assistance from the European Union, includes an SBI model based on international expert consensus reached at the International Network for Brief Interventions on Alcohol and Other Drugs (INEBRIA).

The European action plan to reduce the harmful use of alcohol 2012-2020, and the Global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol both highlight the importance of health services’ responses, particularly regarding SBI initiatives. A comprehensive primary prevention approach is key to achieving a 10% reduction in the harmful use of alcohol by 2020, as was laid out in the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013-2020.

The full manual is available here: http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/351294/Alcohol-training-manual-final-edit-LSJB-290917-new-cover.pdf?ua=1