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Alcohol Awareness

Approximately 1 in 8 men and 1 in 24 women have some degree of alcohol dependence. Excess drinking puts long term health at significant risk. Excessive alcohol consumption is associated with an increased risk of a range of illnesses that collectively contribute to a massive impact on morbidity and mortality.

For more information visit

  • Alcohol Learning Centre   Provides more detailed information on alcohol misuse.
  • Drinkaware A Charity promoting responsible drinking.
  • Alcohol Focus Scotland - is the national charity working to reduce alcohol harm.
  • DrinkSmarter  A Scottish Government practical website with many handy tools, supporting healthier drinking habits. 
  • Glasgow Council on Alcohol (GCA) Providing support, counselling, advice, information, group work and training for those affected by alcohol misuse. 
  • Alcohol Concern   A charity campaigning for effective alcohol policy and improved services for people whose lives are affected by alcohol-related problems. 

 Key points for community pharmacy

  • Offer advice on sensible drinking
  • Give advice on prescription and Over the Counter (OTC) medicines about interactions with alcohol.
  • Signpost patients to local services offering support

Some pharmacies may

  • Offer alcohol brief interventions using a FAST tool