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Information on Alcohol

Handbook for medical practitioners and other health care workers on alcohol and other drug problems


  1. Acknowledgements
  2. What is the size of the problem?
  3. Concepts and definitions
  4. Alcohol
  5. Brief intervention for medical practitioners and health care workers
  6. Tobacco
  7. Heroin
  8. Cannabis
  9. Cocaine
  10. Volatile substances
  11. Amphetamines
  12. Ecstasy
  13. Drugs in pregnancy
  14. Intoxication and overdoses
  15. Detoxification and management of withdrawal
  16. A multicultural approach to drug and alcohol-related issues and problems
  17. The health professional or health care worker as a patient
  18. Important issues
  19. Community support services
    Bibliography and recommended reading


  1. Deaths caused by drug use, drug involved, cause of death, age, 1990
  2. Principal drug problems by client status
  3. Lifetime experience with drugs – persons aged 14-19 years, australia 1988 and 1991
  4. Proportion of population who have used illicit drugs in the past year, type of drug, age, sex, 1991
  5. Proportion of the population who have ever tried various drugs, drug type, 1985, 1988 and 1991
  6. Summary of major characteristics of cannabis, methadone and heroin
  7. APSAD: australian professional society on alcohol and other drugs


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