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While talking with you about your medical history, your doctor might ask
questions about your alcohol use. Questions might include the following:
You might seek medical help for symptoms that you do not know
are related to alcohol use. Your doctor might ask questions about these
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening and counseling to reduce
alcohol misuse by adults, including pregnant women.
But after reviewing all of the research, the USPSTF has not recommended
for or against routine screening and counseling to prevent or reduce alcohol
misuse by teens.footnote 1 The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all adolescents should be screened for alcohol, tobacco, and drug use at every visit.footnote 2
For more information,
see the topics Alcohol Abuse and Dependence or Alcohol and Drug
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (2004).
Screening and behavioral counseling interventions in primary care to reduce alcohol misuse. Available online: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsdrin.htm.
Committee on Substance Abuse, American Academy of Pediatrics (2011). Substance use screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment for pediatricians. Pediatrics, 128(5): e1330–e1340.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerPeter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction
Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015
Current as of:
February 20, 2015
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Peter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction
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