A good assessment is an intervention in itself.
Health professionals play an important role in recognizing and modifying patient's drinking behaviour. Your brief intervention can reduce the risks associated with alcohol use including injuries and chronic disease. Here are some tools to support your assessment and patient education.
- Alcohol Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral
The College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) website with resources and tools for screening, intervention and referral.
- Prescription for Good Health (includes low-risk drinking, healthy eating, physical activity and sun safety guidelines, and tobacco cessation)
Canada's Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines
A CCSA site with links to the background document (Summary of Evidence and Guidelines for Low-Risk Drinking), the national alcohol strategy and the LRDG brochure.
If through your assessment you determine that your patient or a family member is in need of additional support in the area of addictions and mental health there is a number of available community resources that you can refer to. See the Community Resource Listing for Addictions and Mental Health.
You can order copies of the resources listed by:
Telephone (705) 721-7520 ext 8323
Fax order form (705) 721-1495