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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) — Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much: A Clinician’s Guide

To view the recorded presentation: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/intro

To download the Clinician’s Guide: http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/Practitioner/CliniciansGuide2005/clinicians_guide.htm

The curriculum offers a lectured guide tutorial of the Clinician’s Guide with handouts to follow along and 4 highly interactive video cases of evidence-based strategies. In addition to the Clinician’s Guide manual, the curriculum includes PowerPoint slides, the AUDIT screening tool, toolkit forms (press release, advertisement fliers), pamphlets, booklets, and a poster. The target audiences for this curriculum are primary care and mental health clinicians. The Clinician’s Guide uses the AUDIT-C and AUDIT.  This training curriculum has online and print-based materials that can be used for self-study and group instruction.


ACT (Alcohol Clinical Training) Project


Established by the Boston Medical Center and Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, this Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Curriculum features online and print-based materials that can be used for self-study and group instruction.

The website includes informational slides with speaker overlay and trainer notes, 3 case simulation videos with adult patients, curricula instructions, tips for small/large group teaching, and pre/post tests. The target audience for this curriculum is primary care physicians and physicians in training, as well as generalist clinicians and educators. The curriculum uses the CAGE, an alcohol screening instrument, and is based on the “Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much” core curriculum from NIAAA.

NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) NIDAMED Physician’s Outreach Initiative


This website contains a variety of resources. Click on “NIDA Screening Tools and Resources” to learn about the NIDA-Modified Alcohol, Smoking, and Substance Involvement Screening Test or NMASSIST. The target audience for this curriculum is clinicians in general medical settings (mainly primary care). The modified ASSIST includes an initial pre-screen which determines if a person has engaged in binge drinking, used tobacco products, and used illicit drugs. Only people who report illicit drug use complete the ASSIST. Physicians are directed to other protocols for heavy drinkers and tobacco users.

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