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Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2012; 7(Suppl 1): A31.
Published online Oct 9, 2012. doi:  10.1186/1940-0640-7-S1-A31
PMCID: PMC3480074
Alcohol-related problems and primary care in Portugal: the state of the art
Cristina Ribeirocorresponding author1
1Department of Treatment and Rehabilitation, Institute on Drugs and Drug Addiction, Lisbon, Portugal
corresponding authorCorresponding author.
Supplement
International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol and Other Drugs (INEBRIA) Meeting 2011
Richard Saitz
The conference was funded in part by grants from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The content of the abstracts included in this supplement is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of NIAAA, NIDA, or the National Institutes of Health. Financial support for publication of this supplement was provided by the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
Conference
International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol and Other Drugs (INEBRIA) Meeting 2011
21-23 September 2011
Boston, MA, USA
 
Portugal has the highest levels of alcohol consumption in the world and the highest rates of alcohol-related problems. The Portuguese government’s National Plan to Reduce Alcohol Related Problems includes the development of projects that provide training to health professionals in screening and intervention for alcohol use disorders, particularly for professionals who work in primary care. Primary care professionals are the first level of assistance in Portugal’s national health care system and have ongoing contact with people who use primary health centers. High consumption of alcohol is responsible for a number off physical, psychological, and social problems. The high prevalence of excessive alcohol consumption and its high economic, social, and health costs justify the implementation of such projects to address alcohol-related problems. Objectives of the national plan include identifying needs specific to primary care settings; designing a training program tailored to primary care center needs; defining priorities (e.g., providing services and building infrastructure to optimize hazardous and harmful alcohol use management and providing monitoring to ensure adherence to protocols that consider clinical referral procedures and specific indicators); ensuring both undergraduate and postgraduate training; and identifying organizational and political components critical to the successful implementation and dissemination of alcohol screening and brief intervention in primary care. We show preliminary results of the plan and the importance of addressing alcohol-relate problems at the national and international level to facilitate sharing of knowledge and standardizing of evidence-based practice between countries.
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