Alcohol & Substance Misuse | Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Alcohol & Substance Misuse

Alcohol

Brief interventions have become increasingly recommended in the management of individuals with alcohol-related problems, because they are low-cost and have been proven to be effective for addressing harmful drinking. Research has shown that many screened patients cut down on their drinking simply because they were asked about their alcohol use—and effective screening for problem drinking can be completed in as little as five minutes.

In Hastings & Prince Edward Counties, 21% of adults over the age of 18 years reported hazardous or harmful drinking and 31% reported binge drinking (five or more drinks on any occasion per month). This is a concern considering excessive alcohol consumption significantly increases the risks of chronic disease, certain cancers, injury, violence, or death. Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines indicate that men should not exceed three standard alcoholic drinks most days and 15 drinks per week.  For women, the recommendation is no more than two standard alcoholic drinks most days and 10 drinks per week.

Resources for Physicians and Health Care Professionals

The following are resources and tools available for health care professionals in the primary care setting:

Patient Resources

To support your brief intervention, the following patient resources are also available:

  • The Check Your Drinking Survey can be used by your patients to conduct a self-assessment. They can then print or e-mail the results to you for follow-up at their next appointment.

Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines Brochure is available to download and print.