Assessment and management of individuals under the influence of alcohol in police custody
Lawton, John D.
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Individuals taken into police custody are commonly under the influence of alcohol. Some of these individuals are dependent on alcohol and suffer from withdrawal symptoms. Morbidity and mortality in this group is high, and deaths have been recorded in police custody. There are no specific guidelines on the assessment and management of individuals under the influence of alcohol taken into police custody. This article outlines the clinical features, assessment, investigations and management of these individuals based on a review of the literature.