Latest alcohol analyses
 Latest alcohol analyses


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Latest alcohol analyses

Ten most recently added/updated alcohol-related Effectiveness Bank analyses compiled for our supporter Alcohol Change UK starting with the analyses most recently added or updated.

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Alcohol Treatment Matrix cell B4: Practitioners; Psychosocial therapies

Ashton M.
Key studies on the impact of the practitioner in psychosocial therapies for alcohol dependence. Structured around Carl Rogers’ classic account of the prerequisites of effective psychotherapy.

STUDY 2020 HTM file
Improving access to care for people who inject drugs: qualitative evaluation of Project ITTREAT – an integrated community hepatitis C service

Phillips C., Schulkind J., O’Sullivan M. et al.
Journal of Viral Hepatitis: 2020, 27, p. 176–187.
A UK-based project placed a dedicated full-time hepatitis C nurse into a drug and alcohol treatment service. The experiences of people who inject drugs and attended the service reveal the degree to which this strategy can remove barriers to the infection treatment so crucial to containing the virus.

Alcohol Treatment Matrix cell A4: Interventions; Psychosocial therapies

Ashton M.
Key studies on the ‘common factors’ underlying psychosocial therapies for problem drinking and the effectiveness of specific approaches. Explores the famous ‘Dodo bird’ hypothesis that all bona fide therapies are equivalent, examines the legacy of the UK’s most ambitious treatment trial, asks whether therapy can really make things worse, and questions how research amalgamating impacts from many patients can be applied to the treatment of an individual in their individual circumstances.

REVIEW 2020 HTM file
Effectiveness of naltrexone treatment for alcohol use disorders in HIV: a systematic review

Farhadian N., Moradi S., Zamanian M.H. et al.
Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy: 2020, 15(24).
The negative impact of alcohol use disorders can reverberate in different areas of people’s lives. For people living with HIV, this can extend to their engagement with HIV treatment. Review asks whether a recommended pharmacological treatment for alcohol dependence in the general population could improve overall health outcomes for people living with HIV.

STUDY 2007 HTM file
Preventing alcohol-exposed pregnancies: a randomized controlled trial

Floyd R.L., Sobell M., Velasquez M.M. et al.
American Journal of Preventive Medicine: 2007, 32(1), p. 1–10.
Foetal exposure to alcohol is a leading cause of birth defects and developmental disabilities. Targeting interventions at women before they become pregnant – as with Project CHOICES – could shift the focus in clinical practice from treatment of substance-exposed pregnancies to prevention of a major (and costly) public health concern.

Alcohol Treatment Matrix cell E3: Treatment systems; Medical treatment

Ashton M.
Seminal and key studies on local, regional and national systems for effectively and cost-effectively providing medical interventions and treatment in medical settings. Includes discussions of what a good quality alcohol service would look like and whether the UK is making progress on systems for treating the overlap between substance use and mental health problems.

STUDY 2020 HTM file
Effective age-gating for online alcohol sales

Muirhead J., Grout V.
Alcohol Change UK, 2020
How do online retailers seek to prevent underage alcohol sales in the UK, how effective are current methods, and how far short are they of a truly effective system?

Alcohol Matrix cell D3: Organisational functioning; Medical treatment

Ashton M.
Selected studies and reviews on how treatment organisations affect the implementation and effectiveness of medical interventions and treatment in medical settings. Asks whether evidence-based innovation is always a good thing, and explores the evidence for and against integrating substance use treatment with medical or psychiatric care.

Alcohol Treatment Matrix cell C3: Management/supervision; Medical treatment

Ashton M.
Seminal and key studies on the impact of management on medical interventions and treatment for problem drinking in medical settings. Asks how we can identify effective clinicians and effective medications, and highlights the remarkable transformation brought about in the 1950s at a US clinic which few referred patients attended and fewer still engaged with.

REVIEW 2019 HTM file
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: a systematic review of the cost of and savings from prevention in the United States and Canada

Greenmyer J.R., Popova S., Klug M.G. et al.
Addiction: 2019, 115, p. 409–417.
Study set in Canada and the United States finds more than enough financial justification for expanding prevention of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders. But what does ‘expansion’ mean – universal prevention, or focusing resources on those most at risk?