It is important to screen your clients for alcohol use and abuse while you are screening for drug use. Rates of alcohol abuse among young adults is rising with significant impacts on health and personal safety.
The USA Today reports:
“There is an epidemic of alcoholism and alcohol use disorder that I think is hiding behind the opioid crisis,” said Dr. Naga Chalasani, head of hepatology at Indiana University Health. “Alcohol consumption has risen in this country. … Everything is sort of going in the wrong direction. There are more people drinking, and the people who drink are drinking more.”