adult screening programme
Alcohol misuse is when someone drinks in a way that's harmful, or when they are dependent on alcohol. This can lead to a range of short and long-term problems.
Short term risks include accidents and injuries. Long term alcohol misuse increases the risk of serious health conditions. These include heart disease, stroke, liver disease, pancreatitis and various types of cancer.
Read more about alcohol misuse on the NHS website.
UK NSC screening recommendation
Screening for alcohol misuse in adults is not recommended. This is because:
- there is no suitable test for population screening
- there is no evidence that screening would be effective in reducing long term harm to people from alcohol misuse
Supporting documents from the 2017 review
Evidence summary Alcohol Misuse (2017)1
This document provides the evidence on which the current UK NSC recommendation is based.
UK NSC coversheet & consultation responses alcohol (2017)
This document summarises the review process including the public consultation comments.
Date previous review completed: 2017
Next review estimated to be completed: 2021 to 2022.
To see previous evidence reviews, visit the UK NSC archive.
Organisations interested in Alcohol Misuse
These organisations have expressed interest in this recommendation and may submit responses to evidence reviews.
List of organisations
- Addiction Recovery Foundation
- Alcohol Change UK
- Alcohol Focus Scotland
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- British Association for Study of the Liver
- British Liver Nurses' Forum
- British Society of Gastroenterology
- British Society of Lifestyle Medicine
- Faculty of Public Health
- Institute of Alcohol Studies
- Mental Health Foundation
- Prostate UK
- Royal College of General Practitioners
- Royal College of Nursing
- Royal College of Physicians
- Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
- Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
- Royal College of Psychiatrists
- The British Liver Trust
- The British Psychological Society