asked Her Majesty's Government:
What plans they have, as part of their revised alcohol harm reduction strategy, to promote the identification by general practitioners, accident and emergency departments and other outpatient departments of patients whose alcohol consumption may be causing them harm, and to persuade those patients to accept counselling. [HL3816]
The department published Alcohol Misuse Interventions: Guidance on developing a local programme of improvement in November 2005. This guidance encouraged local primary care trusts to work with general practitioners and other healthcare settings including accident and emergency departments and appropriate out-patient departments to implement programmes to identify hazardous and harmful drinkers and offer them advice about reducing their alcohol use.
The department is funding a consortium headed by St George's Medical School and Newcastle University to establish a series of alcohol identification and brief advice trailblazers projects.
The renewed alcohol harm reduction strategy will be published shortly.