Why is this important?
We want to make sure we give all our patients the level of advice and input that is appropriate to their own personal circumstances. This is particularly important because of the known links between head and neck cancers and alcohol and the impact that drinking can have on the effectiveness of some treatments.
What can the service provide?
- Following our initial screening of all new patients regarding alcohol, one or more of the following may be offered:
- Brief Intervention advice on alcohol.
- Advice and support on stopping or cutting down.
- Psychological therapy approaches that are proven to be effective in changing drinking habits
- Pharmacological detoxification
- Relapse Prevention planning, advice and medication.
What about smoking?
Smoking tobacco is also recognised to be a significant risk factor in the development of head and neck cancers. If you both smoke and drink harmfully this is particularly hazardous.
Attending a Stop Smoking Service is the most effective way to quit. You can refer yourself to this service simply by phoning 0800 169 4219. Alternatively, you can talk to your GP about medication to help you stop.