adult screening programme

Alcohol misuse

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 Based on the last UK NSC review of this condition that occurred in October 2021.

Screening is not currently recommended for this condition.

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 2022 review

Evidence map
This document investigates whether a more detailed review can be conducted based on the available evidence.

This document summarises the review process including the public consultation comments.

Supporting documents from the 2017 review

In 2017, the UK NSC did not recommend screening for this condition.

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.

Review cycle

Date previous review completed: 2022

Next review estimated to be completed: 2025 to 2026.

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

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