Nurses trained to 'have a word'

The 'Have a Word' campaign, led by Cardiff University, aims to cut the number of alcohol-related injuries and illnesses by training nurses to understand and talk to patients who are putting themselves at risk by drinking.

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'Mini intervention' alcohol training: "It's not a lecture"

Nurses in Wales are heading a new initiative aimed at reducing the number of alcohol-related injuries from binge drinking.

The 'Have a Word' campaign also trains pharmacists, midwives and dentists. They identify signs of alcohol misuse and speak to those drinking at hazardous levels.

Around 1,600 have already been trained.

'How did it happen, where were you, how much did you drink... it basically leads on to a structured conversation about how they can manage their behaviour in future" says Dr Paul Jordan, from Cardiff University.

"It's not a lecture, and it's not telling people how to drink either. It's basically just making sure they don't end up in A&E again".

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