The UK NSC recommendation on Alcohol Misuse screening in adults

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme not recommended
Last review completed March 2017
Next review due in 2019/20
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Find general information about population health screening.

Why is screening not recommended by UK NSC?

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

More about Alcohol Misuse

Drinking a moderate amount of alcohol will not do you any physical or psychological harm. But, for some people, social drinking can lead to heavier drinking. This can cause serious health problems.

» Read more about alcohol misuse on NHS UK


Addiction Recovery Foundation
Alcohol Concern
Alcohol Focus Scotland
Alcoholics Anonymous
British Association for Study of the Liver
British Liver Nurses' Forum
The British Liver Trust
The British Psychological Society
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 stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.

Related documents

icon Evidence summary- alcohol misuse (2011) (PDF document, 331KB, 03/01/20)

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