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Keywords:

  • alcohol abuse;
  • ED screening;
  • intervention;
  • ED referral. ACADEMIC EMERGENCY MEDICINE 1998;
  • 5:1210–1217

Abstract. Early intervention and appropriate referral of patients with alcohol problems have the potential to reduce alcohol-related morbidity and mortality. Part 1 of this series introduced screening tools that can be applied in the ED to allow early detection of at-risk drinkers. This article was developed by members of the SAEM Substance Abuse Task Force and describes assessment and intervention techniques once the at-risk or dependent drinkers has been identified. Appropriate aftercare and referral of patients found to have alcohol problems are also discussed.