Patients with Alcohol Problems in the Emergency Department, Part 2: Intervention and Referral
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
Academic Emergency Medicine
Volume 5, Issue 12, pages 1210–1217, December 1998
How to Cite
D'Onofrio, G., Bernstein, E., Bernstein, J., Woolard, R. H., Brewer, P. A., Craig, S. A., Zink, B. J. and for the SAEM Substance Abuse Task Force (1998), Patients with Alcohol Problems in the Emergency Department, Part 2: Intervention and Referral. Academic Emergency Medicine, 5: 1210–1217. doi: 10.1111/j.1553-2712.1998.tb02697.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Received March 10, 1998; revision received July 15, 1998; accepted July 15, 1998.
- alcohol abuse;
- ED screening;
- ED referral. ACADEMIC EMERGENCY MEDICINE 1998;
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.