GPs in Wales Need to Recognise Alcohol Misuse in Patients

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Gps in Wales should receive better training when it comes to dealing with patients who misuse alcohol and substances, says a new report

The report by The National Assembly for Wales’ health and social care committee found that there had been a rise in the prevalence of alcohol related illnesses and that GP’s need to recognise when one of their patients is suffering from alcohol or substance abuse.

Some GPs were found to give little or no information on alcohol or substance abuse to patients.

The report suggests that improved training for GPs is fundamental in breaking down the barriers in accessing health services which could help patients with alcohol or substance abuse.

“This review should include: tackling prejudice and negative attitudes (where they exist); identifying clear pathways for referring patients; and improving diagnosis,” says the report.

Read the full report here: