10 December 2020

Clinical Takeaway: New alcohol guidelines

Alcohol Cancer Clinical Neurology

The changes based on evidence showing a tight relationship between alcohol consumption and cancers.

Description

  • The new Australian Alcohol guidelines were launched on 8th December 2020
  • Apart from updating and clarifying previous advice pertaining to the younger drinker, pregnant and breastfeeding women, the reasons for the changes are based on evidence showing a tight relationship between alcohol consumption and cancers
  • As doctors we need to be concerned about the developing brains of the younger people and of the unborn child and its impact on neurocognition
  • Assess all patients for alcohol use regularly using available tools
  • GPs should begin intervention and access resources to help as early referral to Drug and Alcohol Clinics may be counter-productive
  • Be aware of thiamine deficiency in those who drink above the recommended limit

Guest: Professor Kate Conigrave, Conjoint Professor, Addiction Medicine Head, Indigenous Health and Substance Use Addiction Medicine, Central Clinical School

Total time: 34 mins

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