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Overview of the alcohol status prompt


The alcohol prompt will show red for anyone 16 years and older who does not have an alcohol classification recorded and for those whose alcohol status is recorded as above sensible limits , and/ or where current drinking status has not been updated in the last year.

The 'alcohol status' prompt asks clinicians to select one of three coding options.

  • 136L - Within sensible limits
  • 136K - Above sensible limits
  • 136M - Current non-drinker

If 'within sensible limits' or 'above sensible limits' are selected, then two additional tick boxes are made available, which are then also written back into classifications in Medtech.

  • 6792 - Health ed. - alcohol
  • 8H78 - Referral to counsellor


Specifications of the alcohol prompt

If the patient is aged 16 to 99 and their alcohol status has not been recorded, the prompt will show red as below.


The three read codes written back into classifications by the patient prompt are

  • 136L - Within sensible limits
  • 136K - Above sensible limits
  • 136M - Current non-drinker

The alcohol status will also display red if:

  • alcohol consumption is recorded (136L or 136M) and last recorded status >365 days
  • if the most recent classification is 136K the status will always be coloured red

If 'within sensible limits' or 'above sensible limits' are selected, then two additional tick boxes are made available, which are then also written back into classifications in Medtech.

6792 - Health ed. - alcohol

8H78 - Referral to counsellor 


These will show green if the support is up to date or will show red if:

  • 136K - above sensible limits and no support provided or last recorded support > 6 months ago 
  •  136L - within sensible limits and last recorded advice > 365 days ago alcohol status. 



BPAC CS Patient Prompt User Guide, page 12

The read codes chosen were decided with clinical input from all PHO's involved and we leave the interpretation of what defines each up to the individual clinician's clinical judgement.

For New Zealand alcohol consumption guidelines click here. 

For guidance on screening and management click here.

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