Interview with Dr. Sheryl Spithoff, addiction medicine specialist and family physician at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto who co-authored a commentary published in CMAJ. Spithoff and Dr. Suzanne Turner say the Canadian health care system provides inadequate access to effective treatment for at-risk drinking and alcohol use disorders. However, improved physician training, combined with strategies to ensure better access to appropriate treatment, would improve health outcomes and generate cost savings for the health system.

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