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alcohol bottlesAlcohol misuse is one of the most serious risks to the health of the public in Wales.
It causes short and long term harm, direct and indirect harm.
Problems that are linked to excess alcohol include: Assault, sexually transmitted infections, obesity, road traffic crashes, liver damage, unwanted pregnancy, falls and injuries, mental health problems, physical inactivity, self harm, coronary heart disease, relationship problems, cancers, dental problems, homelessness, financial problems and workplace problems.
Health surveys indicate that around 45 per cent of people drink excess amounts of alcohol but sales data tell us that it is about 75 per cent [1]. About half of the alcohol bought in the UK is not accounted for in health surveys.
This all means that alcohol is an important problem to tackle, but also a very difficult one.
The Public Health Wales Alcohol Team is working to address this. Our main approach is to deliver alcohol brief intervention training (ABI). We deliver this training to reflect what the sales data, not the health data, tell us. This means that we offer training to almost anyone, both inside and outside the NHS. This also means that the messages we deliver aim to be realistic. This is why we talk about “less, not none”.
But, given the sales data, we know that we need to do more than just provide ABI training. In the future we aim to provide more robust support for a wider range of interventions.
The Public Health Wales Alcohol Team have developed the following webpages to support you in reducing alcohol related harm. On them you will find information, useful links, documents and guidance to assist in reducing the harm caused by alcohol, both acute and long-term. For more information about our work, please contact Craig Jones, craig.jones@wales.nhs.uk
Please use the links below [or in the green box on the top right] for information about:

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Last updated: 10 April 2014