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A&E should have alcohol liaison officers

8th September 2009

Dr Zul Mirza, the president of the Royal Society of Medicine's emergency medicine section, has said alcohol liaison officers should be present in casualty departments at all NHS hospitals.

"There is a window of opportunity where these patients are receptive to changing their patterns of drinking and understanding more about alcohol," Dr Mirza said on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. "It is a teachable moment because it is a very brief period where they are receptive and susceptible to understanding they have a problem," he added.

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