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Globally, 7.6% of all male deaths and 4% of female deaths can be directly linked to alcohol. Heavy or over-consumption of alcohol can lead to numerous other diseases and health implications. This course covers all this and more, in order to explain how alcohol affects both the body and society. Learn about effective health interventions, policy options and what works and what doesn't. Gain an accredited certificate and become an expert on alcohol, so you can make a contribution to your community.

Key Features of the Course

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Measure and monitor alcohol use
  • Identify and manage people suffering from acute intoxication, alcohol withdrawal and alcohol dependence
  • Understand whether and how lifestyle changes and medication can assist those affected by alcohol
  • Address misconceptions about alcohol use
  • Provide alcohol treatment and support using the best tools available


This course begins with an introduction to what alcohol actually is before moving on to variations in alcohol use across the world. Next it explains how alcohol affects people physiologically and personally then debunks some common misconceptions about alcohol use. Finally, the different public health responses to alcohol use are examined. Each module contains a quiz at the end, all of which must be passed in order to complete the course.
This provides an introduction into alcohol by looking at alcohol use around the world, measuring alcohol use, the personal use of alcohol and how to monitor it and finally the public health ramifications of alcohol use.
This examines alcohol trends around the world, the magnitude of problems related to alcohol, how alcohol effects different populations, the effects of alcohol on society and limitations in knowledge on alcohol use.
This section discusses how alcohol causes intoxication in the body, how it metabolises and expels alcohol, the effects of toxins produced by alcohol and how to identify and manage people suffering from acute intoxication, alcohol withdrawal and alcohol dependence.
This covers the three different categories of effects of alcohol abuse: short-term, chronic and social effects. Whether or not these different effects can be managed and how is also discussed.
This module goes over the common misconceptions about alcohol and how to address these. It also discusses the best tools for providing alcohol treatment and support for those affected by alcohol.
This section teaches students how alcohol interacts with body physiology to produce a feeling of intoxication, what organisations and sectors are involved in public health responses to the harmful use of alcohol, what the different types of policy interventions are, the WHO strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol and policy options for alcohol control.
Important: In order to access the completion certificate, the students need to complete the feedback form. Please click on the following link to provide your feedback.

How It Works

Study Material

This self-paced course has been designed in a manner that enhances understanding of the core concepts and provides easy to access learning materials. The course uses a range of study material such as pre-recorded videos, lecture slides, quizzes and assignments, and is developed by a team of dedicated health education experts.

Getting Help

Connect with other students through the discussion forum, where you can easily discuss the course or debate the ideas. Need more help? Your instructors are also available online to answer any questions you might have.

Extend Your Career with a Verified Certificate

POLHN self-paced courses are recognised by Pacific Ministries of Health. Once you have successfully completed the course, you will receive an official certificate. This certificate can be used for credit to gain CPD points.

Course Questions & Answers

Course Summary

Course code: alcohol
Average length: 30 minutes
Effort: 2 - 3 hours
Number of modules: 06
Institution: World Health Organisation
Subject: Alcohol
Language: English
Mode: Self-paced
Status: Coming soon

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