Risky substance use is a factor in all aspects of health and wellness. Often substance use is the missing piece in improving overall health. Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) improves outcomes for chronic diseases and can contribute to your health. With a renewed focus on prevention in healthcare, alcohol screening and brief intervention is a piece of the future of healthcare. Taking little time, SBIRT is an opportunity to improve your health.

Substance use is a major contributor to primary care visits for both adolescents and adults. While many adult and adolescent users of alcohol and drugs are not seeking treatment, they represent an opportunity for early intervention by screening. Screening, followed by a Brief Intervention (SBI) has been shown to make a difference in long-term change. Use of SBIRT in primary care may be the greatest opportunity to assess and affect change of risky behavior in patients not currently seeking help and not yet ready for treatment. 

REFERENCES  

Guidelines for Low Risk Drinking

Guidelines for Men:                                                                   Guidelines for Women:
No more than 4 drinks in a single day                                       No more than 2 drinks in a single day
No more than 14 drinks per week                                              No more than 7 drinks per week

Standard Drink Chart


Signs and Symptoms of Risky Use



Self Screening Tools

Take a confidential screening and get objective feedback about whether the program might be useful for you at Drinkers Check-up

Rethinking Drinking offers valuable, research-based information for anyone who drinks