Introduction to healthy behaviour
Health professionals and particularly primary care practitioners have health promotion and disease prevention as a central aspect of their role. Sexually transmitted diseases are more usually defined as infectious diseases, an important distinction for clinicians but perhaps less so for primary care and community-based practitioners interested in public health. Socio-economic is a broad term encompassing many variables and is assessed using a range of different factors. Social class, income, work, housing, physical and social environments have all been found to influence our health directly and also indirectly through their influence on lifestyle choices. The establishment of healthy drinking norms in the workplace could have beneficial effects for drinking both with work colleagues and more widely. Shift work is common and it is associated with unhealthy lifestyle choices. Many professionals, health practitioners included, must ensure that they have the informed consent of an individual before embarking on a treatment programme or other intervention.