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Alcohol: the complete collection

All Effectiveness Bank analyses to date of documents related to alcohol compiled for our partner Alcohol Research UK, starting with the analyses most recently added or updated, totalling today 733 documents.

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HOT TOPIC 2018 HTM file
Measuring alcohol-related harm; politics and science

Ashton M., Davies N.
One of our selection of hot topics – important issues which sometimes generate heated debate. At a national level, alcohol-related harm and especially the net cost of harm versus benefits are slippery concepts. Malleability and policy salience combine to make the estimates contested territory.

STUDY 2017 HTM file
The impacts of minimum alcohol pricing on alcohol attributable morbidity in regions of British Colombia, Canada with low, medium and high mean family income

Zhao J., Stockwell T.
Addiction: 2017, 112, p. 1942–1951.
Please come back again soon. This entry is under construction.

REVIEW 2016 HTM file
Systematic review of interventions to reduce problematic alcohol use in men who have sex with men

Wray T.B., Grin B., Dorfman L. et al.
Drug and Alcohol Review: 2016, 35, p.148–157.
Consistent with the broader alcohol treatment literature, this review finds preliminary support for the efficacy of motivational interviewing among cohorts of men who have sex with men, for whom heavy drinking is associated with more severe and chronic consequences.

STUDY 2017 HTM file
The intervention effect of local alcohol licensing policies on hospital admission and crime: a natural experiment using a novel Bayesian synthetic time-series method

de Vocht F., Tilling K., Pliakas T. et al.
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health: 2017, 71, 912–918
Variations in the implementation of alcohol licensing policies across England presented a natural opportunity to study the impact of discretionary powers. Between 2011 and 2015, local areas with a more ‘hands on’ approach to enforcement saw moderate reductions in alcohol-related hospital admissions and violent and sexual crimes.

Alcohol Treatment Matrix cell B5: Practitioners; Safeguarding the community

Ashton M.
Seminal and key studies on the impact of the practitioner in criminal justice work and safeguarding the community. Explores whether exceptional abilities are needed to forge productive therapeutic relationships in these situations.

REVIEW 2018 HTM file
Effectiveness of brief alcohol interventions in primary care populations

Kaner EFS., Beyer FR., Muirhead C. et al.
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2018
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HOT TOPIC 2018 HTM file
A minimum price for drink?

Ashton M.
‘Hot topics’ offer background and analysis on important issues which sometimes generate heated debate. Politics and evidence relating to the most important and controversial public health issue of recent times – eliminating the cheap drink heavy drinkers rely on by setting a high minimum per unit price for alcohol. Scotland has done it and other UK nations are following suit – but not yet England.

REVIEW 2017 HTM file
Evidence for the effectiveness of minimum pricing of alcohol: a systematic review and assessment using the Bradford Hill criteria for causality

Boniface S., Scannell J.W., Marlow S.
BMJ Open: 2017, 7(e013497).
Unable to draw on evidence from ‘gold standard’ randomised controlled trials, this review used nine criteria to assess the effect of minimum unit pricing – finding on balance that setting a minimum price per unit of alcohol was likely to reduce alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harms.

REVIEW 2018 HTM file
Interventions to reduce the negative effects of alcohol consumption in older adults: a systematic review

Armstrong-Moore R., Haighton C., Davinson N. et al.
BMC Public Health: 2018, 18(302), p. 1–13.
The first review to focus on alcohol interventions for older people found some evidence that psychosocial interventions such as counselling and brief advice were effective, but the studies lacked sufficient detail to determine which elements of the interventions might be having an effect.

STUDY 2012 HTM file
Does active referral by a doctor or 12-step peer improve 12-step meeting attendance? Results from a pilot randomised control trial

Manning V., Best D., Faulkner N. et al.
Drug and Alcohol Dependence: 2012, 126(1–2), p. 131–137.
In the context of current UK policy, this is a key study, testing the ambition to extend recovery beyond formal treatment by systematically linking patients to mutual aid groups, the main way it is being suggested commissioners can square the circle of doing more (recovery is seen as a whole-life transformation) with less.

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