Published online by Cambridge University Press: 29 July 2020
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.