If you don’t know, you can’t help: A practical guide for alcohol and other drug screening in psychological services

Long, Caroline, Wilson, Hollie J., Brient, Lee, & Magor-Blatch, Lynne (2015) If you don’t know, you can’t help: A practical guide for alcohol and other drug screening in psychological services. InPsych, 37(4).

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Alcohol is implicated in over 60 diseases and injuries and accounted for 6.2 per cent of all male deaths globally in 2004 (WHO, 2011). Alcohol and other drug (AOD) abuse causes significant individual, family and social harms at all age levels and across all socioeconomic groups. These may result from intoxication (e.g., overdose, vulnerability to physical injury/trauma or death, consequences of impulsive behaviour, aggression and driving under the influence) and longer-term consequences (e.g., alcohol or drug-related brain injury, cardiovascular and liver diseases, blood borne viruses e.g., Chikritzhs et al., 2003, Roxburgh et al., 2013). Mental health problems may be triggered or exacerbated, and family breakdown, poor self-esteem, legal issues and lack of community engagement may also be evident. Despite the prevalence of substance use disorders and evident consequences for the individual, family and wider community, it would seem that health professionals, including psychologists, are reluctant to ask about substance use.

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ID Code: 86762
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Alcohol, Drug, Screening, Substance use, Psychology, Assessment
ISSN: 1441-8754
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Australian Psychological Society Limited
Deposited On: 26 Aug 2015 04:06
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2016 21:38

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