Substance use represents a significant problem in the United States. About three in ten U.S. adults drink at levels that elevate their risk for physical, mental health and social problems.1 Brief interventions have been shown to promote significant, lasting reductions in drinking levels for individuals who are at risk, but who are not alcohol dependent.2
We recognize the key role primary care physicians play in screening patients for alcohol use. With that in mind, we created the Aetna Alcohol Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Program.
This program targets at-risk drinkers and offers:
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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Protocol
Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much Clinician’s Guide, 2005 edition, is written for primary care and mental health clinicians. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, produced this guide. It offers guidelines for screening, assessment and brief intervention.
Screening Instrument: The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT)
Explore additional details about the AUDIT, a written screening instrument provided in the guide.
This screening form is available in English or Spanish.
Resources for providers
Resources for your patients
Feel free to share these flyers and resources with your patients:
These websites may also be helpful:
1 Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much, A Clinician’s Guide, 2005 Edition, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
2 Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much, A Clinician’s Guide, 2005 Edition