Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral

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Has your health care provider been asking you about your alcohol intake lately?  It may be because of the release of  this new physican tool. 

Screening Brief Intervention and Referral (SBIR): Helping Patients Reduce Alcohol-related Risks and Harms is a new resource for Canadian family physicians, nurse practitioners and other healthcare professionals.

Their website http://www.sbir-diba.ca/ provides access to evidence-informed guidance and resources to assist in helping patients better manage their alcohol consumption.

Alcohol use, even at low levels, is associated with several forms of cancer, and cardiovascular, liver and pancreatic disease. Alcohol is also linked to dependence and mental health problems, and affects communities through injury, violence, impaired driving and related harms.

If they haven’t been asking – should they be?

Author: Sarah R.N.

Registered Nurse working as a Public Health Nurse in the Injury and Substance Misuse Prevention Program at the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

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