Patients with alcohol problems in the emergency department, part 2: intervention and referral. SAEM Substance Abuse Task Force. Society for Academic Emergency Medicine

Acad Emerg Med. 1998 Dec;5(12):1210-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1553-2712.1998.tb02697.x.


Early intervention and appropriate referral of patients with alcohol problems have the potential to reduce alcohol-related morbidity and mortality. Part 1 of this series introduced screening tools that can be applied in the ED to allow early detection of at-risk drinkers. This article was developed by members of the SAEM Substance Abuse Task Force and describes assessment and intervention techniques once the at-risk or dependent drinkers has been identified. Appropriate aftercare and referral of patients found to have alcohol problems are also discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Alcoholism / diagnosis
  • Alcoholism / therapy*
  • Emergency Service, Hospital*
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening
  • Referral and Consultation
  • United States