Alcohol is among the most common substances that are used in the world under the category of drugs. The use of alcohol entails drinking of wine, beer and hard liquor (AHRQ, 2011). The use of alcohol is very common in the society because it affects a variety of people. This is because it affects people of various social classes. The use of alcohol is common to both the adults and the teenagers, both men and women. Alcohol use is also related to certain socio-cultural believes. This is because some people take alcohol as a sign of something or ton achieve a certain goal
The use of alcohol can be associated with various issues. This depends with the level of engagement between an individual and alcohol. This leads to various levels of alcohol use and abuse. This can also be attributed to the type of alcoholic drink that has been consumed. Various drinks have different proportions of alcohol in them (NCBI, 2014). This is what determines the level of intoxication in the body as a result of alcohol use. Alcohol use has various physiological effects on the performance of the body. This is because after it is absorbed, it alters various functionalities in the body system (AHRQ, 2011).
Alcohol use is associated with various health, economic and social issues. Consequently. There are various initiatives, laws and policies that have been formulated to address the issues related to the use of alcohol. As a result, there is a lot of literature that has been document dealing with various issues in alcohol use. Some of these are as a result of intensive research activities with the aim of formulating evidence-based practices. There are various databases and articles that have various types of information regarding alcohol use and the effects of alcohol on various socio-economic and health platforms.
There are various strategies that are used to categorize the information in the evidence-based resources. This also depends of the clinical or practical situation of the information. Consequently, these resources can be classified into two broad categories. This includes the filtered and unfiltered resources. The level of evidence found in resources depends on the complexity and the nature of the information that is contained in the database. There are also various search tools that are used in each category of the resources depending on the type of search engine. This also relies on the foreground and background questions associated to the information.
The filtered information resources are structured in a manner that assists in saving efforts and time when searching for the relevant information. Regarding alcohol use, The Cochrane Database of Systemic Reviews is one of the filtered information resources. This provides basic information about the resources that can be used in enhancing the primary control measures in the misuse of alcohol. The information provided gives direct guidelines on the reviews that can be used in research activities for that course (Cochrane Library, 2011). Most of the information that is provided is to enhance the credibility of the source of information.
The National Guidelines Clearinghouse information resource is also one of the filtered sources of information. It gives various guidelines on the most crucial aspects related to alcohol use (AHRQ, 2011). This also classifies the use of alcohol according to various categories and the levels of the effects. This is represents a research article on which there are various explanations on the methods used in the acquisition of the data and analysis. The Bandolier resource is a representation of a study that is related to alcohol use. It has a clinical representation of the risk associated with alcohol use. It also provides a summary of study through summaries on the charts (Bandolier, 2007).
The PubMed resource is a database that has various articles. One of the articles explores the cost of the use of alcohol in South Africa. The purpose of the research is to answer the foreground questions related to the costs associated with the use of alcohol in South Africa. One of the areas with a center of focus includes the literature related to the research and the demographic representation with data of the trends. The article includes a methodology for the acquisition of the information, the results of the analysis and the discussions for the results.
In the establishment of the levels of evidence in the research articles, various factors are taken into consideration. This is essential because it assists in ascertaining the best available evidence for adoption. The most reliable resources are categorized in the first level of evidence. This is because at this level, the most clinical outcomes are addressed with information of high quality. This has the best practices that can adopted for various academic and practical activities NCBI, (2014). Level two of evidence is also essential but does not meet the quality criteria as indicated in level one of evidence. Level three of evidence does contains reports and case studies that do not have a direct conclusion. The information in this category requires further information processing to acquire the required results (DynaMed, 2014).
In conclusion, information is very important in the acquisition of the best practices. Information forms the basis for establishment of knowledge and skills that is very crucial in ascertaining the credibility of the information. There are various sources of information. These are categorized according to the type of information they contain. To determine the confidentiality of the information in the sources, they require scrutiny to determine the level of evidence they contain. Determination of the resource to be used in acquisition of information can be done by determining its objectivity.