Alcohol misuse: part three


  • Welcome
  • Alcohol identification and brief advice
  • The IBA pathway
  • Assessing readiness to change
  • Referral
  • Action & Evaluation


This module is the first in our CPPE series looking at the role of the pharmacy team in supporting people with alcohol problems. It will consider the screening tools that can be used to identify people with alcohol problems and the brief advice that pharmacy teams can provide, as well as when people may need referring for further help.

Pharmacy staff should try to identify individuals who may benefit from discussing alcohol intake


After reading this module, you will:

  • Be aware of the screening tools that can be used to identify people who may be at risk as a result of their alcohol intake
  • Understand how to use the AUDIT and AUDIT-C screening tools to assess an individual’s alcohol use
  • Be able to describe the role and characteristics of brief advice.

About this module

This series is based on the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) distance learning programme on Alcohol misuse and is designed to give pharmacy technicians an overview and better understanding of this area of practice. If you found this information useful, find out more at

Have you completed the first two modules in this series about alcohol misuse?

Part one: Facts about alcohol

Part two: Alcohol as a drug.

Originally Published by Training Matters