After a consultation, we established that he wasn't an alcoholic at all - just his wife thought he was because he enjoyed the odd drink!... But, seriously alcohol abuse is one of the really big health issues at the moment, and community pharmacists are ideally placed to help.
More adults (and young people) binge drink than ever before and hospital admissions related to alcohol consumption have increased by 150% in 10 years...
At a recent Regional LPC meeting, we had a really useful presentation on the influence of alcohol on sexual behaviour. The evidence is clear: drinking alcohol boosts confidence and arousal, lowers inhibitions and this leads to more sex, more sex partners, and lower condom use. Sadly, sex with alcohol use leads to a greater chance of regrettable sex, non-consensual sex, and an increase in sexually transmitted diseases.
The World Health Organisation (W.H.O.) has stated that brief alcohol advice reduces drinking of alcohol by 25%
A recent Government white paper suggested that pharmacists are ideally situated to promote better health and giving brief alcohol advice to people accessing community pharmacy services has to be a sensible idea.
A service has been commissioned in Durham, and we are keen to develop something in our area and will be meeting up with public health soon to discuss this.
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