Alcohol Identification and Brief Advice (IBA) Training for the Dental Team – Dr Julia Csikar BSc(Hons) MPH PhD, Friday 16 November 1545-1645

Dr Julia Csikar is Senior Dental Public Health Manager, Public Health England and Lecturer in Dental Public Health at the University of Leeds.  This presentation links to all four GDC Development Outcomes.

Julia undertook her Masters in Public Health in 2003 and gained her PhD in 2013 from University of Leeds.  Julia has held NHS (and more recently Public Health England) and university posts within the specialties of Dental Public Health and General Public Health. As a Lecturer in Dental Public Health at the University of Leeds, she supports undergraduate and postgraduate teaching along with her research role. Julia is the Chair of the University of Leeds Dental Research Ethics Committee.

As a Senior Dental Public Health Manager for Public Health England, she works within the national team supporting Oral Health Improvement across the lifecourse.  Julia leads the alcohol Identification and Brief Advice (IBA) for dental teams work within PHE.  She led chapter 8 within Delivering Better Oral Health on alcohol IBA and has developed an e-learning resource to support dental teams to gain the necessary skills to undertake alcohol IBA with their patients: She has published research papers and delivers CPD training on alcohol IBA to dental professionals.



  • To enable dental teams to raise the issue of alcohol with their patients
  • Identify patients at an increased or higher risk due to their alcohol use and signpost to their GP or local alcohol support service (where appropriate).


  • To provide general and dental specific information about alcohol
  • To introduce the use of an alcohol screening tools e.g. AUDIT C
  • To give information on how to offer patients very brief advice about alcohol usage.

This presentation will support alcohol reduction conversations with patients.  Asking patients about their alcohol consumption does not need to be cumbersome or embarrassing for the dental team or patients.  This presentation will give you the skills and confidence to have a structured brief interaction on alcohol consumption. Using the AUDIT-C identification tool is easy, and has shown to be an effective way to assess your patient’s alcohol consumption, offer a course of action where appropriate: brief advice and/or onward signposting. Alcohol IBA is very brief advice which can be delivered a few minutes.