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Alcohol misuse: clinical review

Alcohol misuse: clinical review

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Clinical Review

Time to Complete

1.5 hours


May 31, 2016


March 15, 2018

Programme Description

In this article Dr Steve Brinksman discusses the morbidity caused by excessive alcohol consumption, effective screening tools, brief interventions and when to refer. Key learning points include understanding community-based alcohol detoxification and prognosis for patients.

Educational Objectives

After reading this activity, healthcare professionals should be better able to:
  • Describe the difference between WHO and DH classifications of drinkers
  • Know that the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) is the gold standard screening tool
  • Understand the role of medically assisted withdrawal
  • Advise patients on engagement with support groups
  • Explain the effectiveness of treatment for patients who have misused alcohol
  • Author

    Activity and test author
    Dr Steve Brinksman
    GP in Birmingham, clinical lead of SMMGP and medical director at Swanswell


    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 1.5 learning credits (1.5 hours learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time and may be exported to the Clarity & RCGP Appraisal Toolkit for GPs.


    Hardware and Software Requirements
    • A computer with an internet connection
    • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 7.x or higher, Firefox 4.x or higher, Safari 2.x or higher, or any other W3C standards compliant browser
    • Additional Software: Adobe Flash Player and/or an HTML 5 capable browser maybe required for video or audio playback. PowerPoint or Adobe Acrobat Reader may occasionally be required