Alcohol Misuse

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Alcohol Misuse, Adults

The AAFP recommends that clinicians screen adults aged 18 years or older for alcohol misuse and provide persons engaged in risky or hazardous drinking with brief behavioral counseling interventions to reduce alcohol misuse. (2013)

(Grade: B recommendation)
Grade Definition: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/grades.htm#post(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)
Clinical Considerations: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf12/alcmisuse/alcmisusefinalrs.htm#consider(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)

Alcohol Misuse, Adolescents

The AAFP recognizes the avoidance of alcohol products by adolescents aged 12 to 17 years is desirable. The effectiveness of the physician's advice and counseling in this area is uncertain. (2013)

(Grade: I recommendation)
Grade Definition: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/grades.htm#post(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)
Clinical Considerations: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf12/alcmisuse/alcmisusefinalrs.htm#consider(www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org)