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Alcohol detoxification: a postal survey

  • Meena Agarwal (a1), Keith Gaskell (a2) and Paul McArdle (a3)
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A survey of 92 in-patient alcohol detoxification services revealed that they varied in their goals, organisation and treatment approaches. We argue that detoxification units and alcohol treatment units should increasingly take on the assessment and treatment role hitherto played by general psychiatric wards in the management of the problem drinker. However, we also suggest that the general psychiatric wards should work closely with community alcohol teams and more specialist services in order to provide a comprehensive service for these patients.

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BJPsych Bulletin
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Alcohol detoxification: a postal survey

  • Meena Agarwal (a1), Keith Gaskell (a2) and Paul McArdle (a3)
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