The management of harmful drinking and alcohol dependence in primary care
Guideline No 74
September 2003 Updated December 2004
ISBN 1899893 78 4

Register of Interest
A register of interest is not available for this guideline. In line with the SIGN Document Retention Schedule (24/07/2010), after publication of this guideline, hard copies of declarations of interest were held at the SIGN Executive offices for one year. The declarations of interest were then archived for a further three years before being destroyed along with other guideline related documents. This schedule has now been revised.


The Guideline and Quick Reference Guide are available to download in Acrobat pdf format (info). Quick Reference Guide (252K) Guideline (1.1MB).

  1. Introduction
  2. Detection and assessment
  3. Brief interventions for hazardous and harmful drinking
  4. Detoxification
  5. Referral and follow up
  6. Advising families
  7. Information for discussion with patients and carers
  8. Implementation, audit and further research
  9. Development of the guideline

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