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Brief advice on alcohol: As easy as A.B.I?

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N. P. Shah, R. Goel, M. McGurk, A. Maroo, C. Sproat

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-17
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Dental Journal
Volume218
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015

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Abstract

Alcohol is widely consumed by the majority of the UK population and alcohol-related harm is estimated to cost society £21 billion per year in healthcare, lost productivity costs, crime and antisocial behaviour. The dental setting offers an ideal opportunity to screen for harmful alcohol consumption; however, current emphasis is on the management of acute complications and risk associated in treating patients with excessive alcohol intake rather than screening and patient education. This article outlines ways in which dentists could improve their recognition of 'at risk' patients and then offer practical advice to help reduce the harmful effects of alcohol.

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