Evaluating Cypriot Pharmacist’s Knowledge of Alcohol-Medication Interactions

Glykeria Panayidou, Periklis Charalampous, Michael Petrides, Aliki Peletidi

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    Background: Many medications can interact when taken with alco-hol, thereby altering the metabolism and the medication effects. Howev-er, pharmacists’ knowledge about the alcohol-medication interactions have not yet been studied in the Republic of Cyprus. Objective: Our objective was to examine the pharmacists’ knowledge on possible alcohol-medication interactions and to uncover whether they are able to identify and/or counsel patients who may have high-risk alcohol behaviors. Methods: A self-administered questionnaire was developed, consist-ing of 37 questions, and distributed to Cypriot community pharmacists of the capital of Cyprus namely, Nicosia. All questions were based on 5-point Likert scale items and collected through electronic response re-ceipts. Three topics were evaluated and critically discussed: (i) Knowledge of community pharmacists about alcohol abuse and ability to counsel; (ii) Knowledge of community pharmacists about alcohol-med-ication interactions; and (iii) Past experiences of community pharmacists with heavy-alcohol drinkers. Results: A total of 68 Cypriot pharmacists (males: 48.5% vs. females: 51.5%) participated in this study. Most pharmacists (n=44, 64.7%) agreed that they were confident in advising their patients about the harmful use of alcohol consumption. Some pharmacists (n=26, 38.2%) agreed to discuss the current alcohol guidelines with their patients and having the ability to advise them. Around 57% of the pharmacists (n=39/68) suggested to counsel Cypriot patients about the effects of alcohol-medication interactions. The vast majority of Cypriot pharmacists (85.3%) indicated that warfarin when taken with alcohol can cause “Internal haemorrhage”.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)28-37
    Number of pages10
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2023


    • alcohol abuse
    • alcohol and medication interactions
    • brief intervention
    • community pharmacist
    • Cyprus
    • drinking


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