Alcohol: the complete collection

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Alcohol: the complete collection

All Effectiveness Bank analyses to date of documents related to alcohol compiled for our supporter Alcohol Change UK, starting with the analyses most recently added or updated, totalling today 780 documents.

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DOCUMENT 2019 HTM file
Canadian guidelines on alcohol use disorder among older adults

Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health
Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health, 2019
[Consultation draft subject to amendment and correction.] Canadian guidance for clinicians on either preventing the development of alcohol use disorders or optimally assessing and treating older individuals who have developed such a disorder.

MATRIX CELL 2020 HTM file
Alcohol Treatment Matrix cell D2: Organisational functioning; Generic and cross-cutting issues

Ashton M.
Key studies on the how the characteristics and functioning of treatment organisations affect implementation and effectiveness. See the remaining four cells in row 2 of the matrix for more on generic features of medical and psychosocial therapies.

MATRIX CELL 2019 HTM file
Alcohol Treatment Matrix cell C1: Management/supervision; Screening and brief intervention

Ashton M.
Seminal and key studies on management and supervision in screening and brief interventions for risky drinking. Highlights UK guidance which insists health service managers “must” support this work and the quandary over whether to insist on these procedures (taking time which could have been used in other ways) or to let practitioners and patients decide their priorities. See the rest of row 1 of the matrix for more on screening and brief interventions.

STUDY 1962 HTM file
The abstinent alcoholic

Gerard, D., Saenger, G., Wile, R.
Archives of General Psychiatry: 1962, 6(1), p. 83–95.
Classic description of the patient who has sustained abstinence after treatment but is still unhappy, unfulfilled and/or nervously hanging on – in other words, not really ‘recovered’. They formed the majority of patients seen at Connecticut’s alcohol clinics in the 1950s who were not drinking at follow-up.

HOT TOPIC 2020 HTM file
‘Dignity first’: improving the lives of homeless people who drink and take drugs

Davies N.
One of our hot topics offering background and analysis on important issues which sometimes generate heated debate. Putting people with experiences of homelessness and substance use problems at the centre of social policy, this hot topic asks what solutions would look like if they prioritised saving lives and improving lives.

MATRIX CELL 2020 HTM file
Alcohol Treatment Matrix cell C2: Management/supervision; Generic and cross-cutting issues

Ashton M.
Key studies on management and supervision across psychosocial and medical treatments of problem drinking. Highlights that “Manners Matter”, focuses on staff recruitment, queries the ubiquitous stages of change model, and details the fascinating history of the most controversial issue in alcohol treatment: whether to insist dependent drinkers try for abstinence. See the rest of row 2 of the matrix for more on features common to psychosocial and medical treatments.

STUDY 2016 HTM file
Strategies in primary healthcare to implement early identification of risky alcohol consumption: why do they work or not? A qualitative evaluation of the ODHIN study

Keurhorst M., Heinen M., Colom J. et al.
BMC Family Practice: 2016, 17(70), p. 1–16.
What do primary care clinicians think would help them bridge the ‘implementation gap’ in screening for risky drinking and brief advice, and extend the potential benefits to a greater proportion of the population? A European trial found the answer differed depending on distinctive national circumstances.

REVIEW 2018 HTM file
A review of brain stimulation methods to treat substance use disorders

Coles A.S., Kozak K., George T.P.
The American Journal on Addictions: 2018, 27(2), p. 71–91.
Already used to treat various neurological and psychiatric disorders, a review investigates the utility of brain stimulation techniques for drug and alcohol problems.

MATRIX CELL 2019 HTM file
Alcohol Treatment Matrix cell B2: Practitioners; Generic and cross-cutting issues

Ashton M.
At the front line the practitioner is to the patient the face of treatment. They can matter enormously – not so much in their formal credentials, but their manner with patients. Tour seminal and key studies which probe the heart of addiction treatment: relationships.

REVIEW 2019 HTM file
The efficacy of spiritual/religious interventions for substance use problems: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

Hai A.H., Franklin C., Park S. et al.
Drug and Alcohol Dependence: 2019, 202, p. 134–148.
Around the world, programmes which take a spiritual or overtly religious route to overcoming substance use problems are extremely common and in some countries dominant – but do they work any better than the alternatives? This review systematically sifted the evidence from the past 30 years.


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