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NICE Alcohol Use Disorders

Commentators for NICE Guideline
We would like to invite the group to help the College by commenting on the draft version of the public health guidance on the prevention of alcohol-use disorders in people aged 10 and over. This is one of three pieces of guidance relating to alcohol use disorders that NICE is developing over the next two years: theothers relate to the clinical management of acute alcohol withdrawal and alcohol related liver disease and pancreatitis and to the management of alcohol dependency and psychological interventions.

The draft consultation allows paediatricians to provide comments on any
aspect of the guidance that raises concern, and for NICE to consider and
act upon the comments received. This is the only chance to comment on
this guidance before it is published for implementation on a national
scale, and as such it is essential that paediatricians do comment. CPD
points are available for the time taken on this task.

Specifically, we would like you to carefully review the attached draft
guidance. You may also wish to review the supporting documents used in
formulating the draft recommendations, which can be downloaded from the
NICE website at please
note these are not for consultation. Please address the following areas:
  • Does the guidance reflect the current evidence for this topic? If not, please highlight any important studies in relation to the question, which should have been included.
  • Are there any aspects of the guidance that are a major departure from current practice or that will have an impact on current practice?
We do not expect you to re-review the primary evidence (this is the remit of NICE) or comment on whether it is feasible to follow the recommendations in the guidance. It is essential that paediatricians like yourself are involved in this process to ensure that recommendations in public health guidance ultimately improve health outcomes for children and young people.

Please record your comments on the attached form and return it to us on by Monday, 2 November 2009. Your
comments will be reviewed and considered as part of the official RCPCH
response to NICE.
NICE will publish its response to all stakeholder comments on this draft
guidance. Once we receive this, we will post this on our website at
Information on this consultation has been sent to the following groups and individuals:
Individual members of the consultation panel with an interest in public health, community child health, mental health or substance misuse
  • British Association of Community Child Health
  • British Paediatric Mental Health Group
  • Child Public Health Special Interest Group
  • Community Child Health CSAC
  • Contact a Family
  • Young People's Health Special Interest Group
If you require a hard copy of the documents or have any other questions
please contact the Clinical Effectiveness team. We thank you for your
help in advance.
Dr Jan Dudley, Quality of Practice Chair, RCPCH
Dr David Vickers Registrar, RCPCH