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Chapter 6 - Football: Alcohol and Barriers to Support

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 July 2020

Amit D. Mistry
Affiliation:
Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
Thomas McCabe
Affiliation:
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Alan Currie
Affiliation:
Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
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Summary

A small aspect of football culture has an enmeshed history with alcohol and can create an environment where harmful alcohol consumption is promoted. As a result, both current and former professional footballers are at risk. Alcohol-related psychiatric assessments need to serially assess severity, risk, social function and manage any co-morbid physical or mental health conditions. Following these assessments, a personalised biopsychosocial care plan should be agreed. A sports psychiatrist must understand how alcohol misuse presents within the elite football environment and how patient motivation towards behaviour change is central to recovery.

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Print publication year: 2020

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