Training for Physicians


The table presented below proposes a training module on wine, health and responsible drinking to be integrated in the continuous training of medical doctors.

This comprehensive proposal describes the expected hours of total learning, the learning outcomes, delivery and assessment methods, the types of reading list, the minimum formal qualifications and experience required to deliver this module.

The training module was developed by the “VETArtdeVivre” Partnership Project funded by the European Commission (Leonardo da Vinci Programme), with the participation of 9 partners from 7 countries. Special thanks for this module to the respective recognised training experience and approach of the Deutsche Weinacademie and the expertise of the University of Split, School of Medicine.

1. Number and name of the module/unit:

Wine, Health and Responsible Drinking

2. Hours of total learning for the module/unit

Contact hours: 20

Self-Study hours: 10

Hands-on hours: 6 (4 for supervised site visit)

Assessment hours: 1 (exam)

Credit calculation: 37/25=1,5 (1 credit =25 hours)

3. Learning Outcomes

Knowledge – at the end of the module/unit the learner will have been exposed to the following

  1. Describe the effects of wine and other alcoholic beverages consumption on human health
  2. Describe hazardous drinking habits and explain the detrimental effects on different organ systems including addiction risk
  3. Identify and describe the benefits of moderate wine consumption and sensible drinking patterns and their biological background
  4. Identify and list main chemical components of wine responsible for its biological effects (ethanol, polyphenols)
  5. Describe basic principles and phases of wine production and quality analysis
  6. Describe the differences between wine and other alcoholic beverages (drinking habits, etc.)
  7. Define and describe interaction between mental and physical health and alcohol, diagnostic procedures and therapeutic approaches to alcoholism
  8. Recall and describe the most recent research in the field of health and wine
  9. List and describe the main legal framework considering consumption of alcoholic beverages
  10. Demonstrate the appropriateness of including wine in individual diet, depending on their health status and needs.
  11. Arrange continuous follow up of patients who were recommended to consume wine only moderately
  12. Discuss historical, social and health aspects of wine production and consumption taking into account cultural differences
  13. Explain and discuss scientific data on health effects of alcoholic beverages and wine

Skills – at the end of the module/unit the learner will have mastered the following skills:

Applying knowledge and understanding:

Communication skills:

Judgmental skills:

  • Identify individual drinking patterns and cultural sensitivities
  • Categorise people who could benefit from moderate wine consumption or should avoid alcoholic beverages.
  • Identify, analyse and interpret individual health effects of moderate wine consumption
  • Judge and interpret information on wine and alcoholic beverages coming from media, stake holders or other interested parties

Learning skills:

  • Enable further effective learning and information retrieval from credible sources, self-evaluation

Competences – at the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the responsibility and autonomy to:

  • Advise individuals on their appropriate drinking patterns
  • Advise for proper treatment in case of addiction and alcohol related organ damage
  • Monitor the health of patients regarding their wine and other alcoholic beverages consumption
  • Be responsible for own drinking patterns.
  • Collaborate with other health and social health professionals involved in the issues of alcohol and health, as well as professionals involved in all alcohol (wine) issues
  • Carry out education of others and dissemination of knowledge on benefits of moderate wine consumption and the risks of excessive drinking

4. Number of ECVET/ECTS of the module/unit

1.5 ECTS

5. The module will be delivered through:

  • Lectures / Seminars
  • Laboratory practice
  • Supervised site-visits (optional)

6. The module will be assessed through:

  • Written or Oral exam

7. Reading list:

  • Hands-out
  • Books,
  • Journals, Review Articles
  • Presentations
  • Websites

8. Minimum formal qualifications and experience required to deliver this module/unit:

  • University degree health professional and/or Master’s Degree or doctorate on alcohol and health research
  • Working experience in the field of alcohol and health research

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