Managing primary care patients’ risky drinking

January 23rd, 2014

Centers for Disease Control Director Thomas Frieden, MD, wants more physicians to screen patients for risky alcohol consumption. From a public health viewpoint, this makes great sense. Even at levels of consumption well below what are common among people whom we think of as “alcoholic,” heavy drinking is a risk factor for injuries, accidents and assaults. Ethanol can also interact dangerously with medications a doctor may prescribe (e.g., ibuprofen and other pain relievers, sleeping pills).

But historically, three barriers have stood in the way of physicians screening more patients for risky drinking.

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