Alcohol dependence and harmful alcohol use (QS11)
Fast, easy summary view of NICE guidance on 'alcohol use disorders'
This NICE quality standard defines clinical best practice within this topic area. It provides specific, concise quality statements, measures and audience descriptors to provide the public, health and social care professionals, commissioners and service providers with definitions of high-quality care.
This quality standard covers the care of children (aged 10-15 years), young people (aged 16-17 years) and adults (aged 18 years and over) drinking in a harmful way and those with alcohol dependence in all NHS-funded settings. It also includes opportunistic screening and brief interventions for hazardous and harmful drinkers. The quality standard addresses the prevention and management of Wernicke's encephalopathy but does not cover the separate management of other physical and mental health disorders associated with alcohol use.
- NICE clinical guideline: CG115 Alcohol dependence and harmful alcohol use
- NICE clinical guideline: CG100 Alcohol-use disorders: physical complications
- NICE public health guidance: PH24 Alcohol-use disorders - preventing harmful drinking
This guidance has been incorporated into the following NICE Pathways, along with other related guidance and products.
Visit the NICE Pathway: alcohol use disorders
This page was last updated: 15 April 2013
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Many organisations share NICE's commitment to improve quality by making it clear what quality care is for patients and the public, health and social care professionals, commissioners and service providers.
So that these standards reach the widest possible audience, some of these organisations have endorsed the alcohol dependence and harmful alcohol use quality standard.
These organisations are: