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Dry January is the annual movement through which people give up alcohol for the entire month of January - you can find out more about it HERE So what better time to discuss the impact of alcohol on health and wellbeing ! Public Health England (PHE) state "In England, over 10 million people consume alcohol at levels above the UK CMOs’ low-risk drinking guidelines and increase their risk of alcohol-related ill health" PHE also identify that alcohol misuse contributes (wholly or partially) to 200 health conditions and that these conditions include some cancers, cardiovascular conditions, depression and liver disease. All of which makes alcohol and the health impacts an important topic for nurses to be aware of.
This #WeNurses tweetchat aims to explore alcohol by asking the following questions:
- What are the health implications of alcohol?
- Why is it important that as nurses we ask the people we care for about alcohol consumption?
- What stops us asking about alcohol consumption?
- What simple, brief advice and support can we provide to the people we care for to help them minimise harmful alcohol consumption?
- What specialist services should we be aware of as nurses in regard to alcohol support?
- What key messages does every nurse need to be aware of in regard to alcohol?