Alcohol

Welcome to the Alcohol resources page.
Below is a list of resources to support you in the management of patients who misuse alcohol.

Paid Clinical Attachments with Addiction Specialists

GP Clinical Attachments with NSLHD Drug and Alcohol Service Addiction Specialists

40 Category 1 CPD points (by self-notification) are available on completion of 10 hours of training with remuneration at $159 per hour.

This program aims to increase the number of GPs who are skilled and willing to take appropriate referrals from Addiction Specialists working in the Drug and Alcohol Service and increase shared care between specialists and a growing group of skilled GPs.

Participating GPs will have access to:

  • supervised clinical attachments with addiction medicine specialists and addiction psychiatrists at RNSH and Brookvale Community Health Centre
  • a specialist network for ongoing support
  • participation in GP Balint groups dedicated to peer support and confidential case discussion with colleagues
  • mentoring by GPs experienced in treating substance use disorders
  • ongoing education through Sydney North Health Network events
  • AOD Education Updates from Sydney North Health Network

Next Steps

If you are interested in participating, please complete the Expression of Interest form and return to Pat Simmonds at Sydney North Health Network. Pat can be contacted via:
Email: psimmonds@snhn.org.au
Phone: (02) 9432 8256

Guidelines

Guideline 1: Reducing the risk of alcohol-related harm for adults

To reduce the risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury, healthy men and women should drink no more than 10 standard drinks a week and no more than 4 standard drinks on any one day.

The less you drink, the lower your risk of harm from alcohol.

Guideline 2: Children and people under 18 years of age 

To reduce the risk of injury and other harms to health, children and people under 18 years of age should not drink alcohol.

Guideline 3: Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding

A. To prevent harm from alcohol to their unborn child, women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy should not drink alcohol.

B. For women who are breastfeeding, not drinking alcohol is safest for their baby.

Screening tools

The Audit C is a 3 item alcohol screening tool helps to identify people who are hazardous drinkers or have active alcohol use disorders (including alcohol abuse or dependence). The AUDIT-C is a modified version of the 10 question AUDIT screening tool.

Patient Resources

Videos

Support Services and Apps

  • Hello Sunday Morning – Hello Sunday Morning builds technology that supports any individual to change their relationship with alcohol.
  • Get Healthy NSW – phone coaching – Free telephone based Health Coaching, a free service that can help to provide the support and motivation needed to reach healthy lifestyle goals.
  • Alcohol and Drug Information Service ADIS – This 24-7 telephone service provides education, referral, crisis counselling and support about legal and illegal drugs. The service is available for patients and professionals.
  • Drinks Meter App – a user-friendly app for your phone or tablet that provides confidential, personalised feedback about your alcohol use based on advice from doctors and the Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol.