Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention in the ED

This resource kit was developed by an American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) task force as a result of a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The kit provides facts and benefits of screening and providing brief intervention for patients presenting to the emergency department with alcohol problems. Screening tools and a template for locating community resources is also included.

To receive a free copy of the Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Resource Kit from NHTSA (Product #3P0140), you may order it directly from the NHTSA Web site.

Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention in the Emergency Department (PDF)
Overview, and screening tools for the detection of alcohol use problems. One of the tools provided is "ED Direct" a mnemonic used to outline the steps for a brief intervention for those who have been screened and found to have an alcohol use problem.

Quick Reference Card
One page outline of the screening and brief intervention process.

Resource Worksheet for Template - "Alcohol: How Much Is Too Much" Brochure (PDF)
Helpful information for identification of community resources for patients who require referral or their family members that request more information about alcohol use issues. Sample brochure, "Alcohol: How much is too much?" includes an example of how the template can be adapted for a community.

Brochure Template: Alcohol: How Much Is Too Much? (PDF)

Online Resources Available for Emergency Department Alcohol Education Project

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