Alcohol: the complete collection
 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 partner Alcohol Change UK, starting with the analyses most recently added or updated, totalling today 792 documents.

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MATRIX CELL 2021 HTM file
Alcohol Treatment Matrix cell B5: Practitioners; Safeguarding the community

Ashton M.
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, and invites you to ‘stress test’ a proposed universal rule: The trickier the situation, the more the worker matters.

MATRIX CELL 2021 HTM file
Alcohol Treatment Matrix cell A5: Interventions; Safeguarding the community

Ashton M.
Key studies on the impact of alcohol treatment on the community including families, children and crime. Explores the core contradiction between punishment and rehabilitation, asks whether this accounts for the poor record of criminal justice treatment, highlights the most robust test yet of brief alcohol counselling in probation, asks whether it can ever be safe to leave children with severely dependent drinkers, and recounts the alleged deception at the heart of a recommended treatment method.

STUDY 2019 HTM file
Alcohol Abstinence Monitoring Requirement: A review of process and performance from Year 2

Hobson Z., Harrison A., Duckworth L.
Mayor of London Office for Policing and Crime, 2018
What difference could ‘court-ordered sobriety’ make to people committing alcohol-related offences? Two-year study in London boroughs gives a sense of what to expect before a national rollout of the programme in 2020.

HOT TOPIC 2020 HTM file
‘Dangerous data’: drinking after dependence

Ashton M., Davies N.
One of our hot topics offering background and analysis on important issues which sometimes generate heated debate. For decades no issue has been hotter than whether dependent drinkers should always be advised – or even required – to aim for abstinence rather than moderation. We dip into the evidence and detail the fascinating history of a question faced by every drinker entering treatment.

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 2020 HTM file
Impact of low and no alcohol beers on purchases of alcohol: interrupted time series analysis of British household shopping data, 2015–2018

Anderson P., Llopis E.J., O’Donnell A. et al.
BMJ Open: 2020, 10(e036371).
As the most popular alcoholic beverage in the UK, could beer be a good vehicle for reducing alcohol-related harm? Innovation around low-to-no alcohol and reduced-alcohol beers may offer a way to reduce the grams of alcohol purchased by consumers while preserving the experience of drinking.

MATRIX CELL 2020 HTM file
Alcohol Treatment Matrix cell E4: Treatment systems; Psychosocial therapies

Ashton M.
Key studies on systems for effectively and cost-effectively providing psychosocial therapies, and the roles of those therapies within the overall treatment system. Focus is on examining the research credentials of guidance from NICE and mutual aid’s potential to bridge the gap between diminished resources and heightened recovery ambitions.

MATRIX CELL 2020 HTM file
Alcohol Treatment Matrix cell D4: Organisational functioning; Psychosocial therapies

Ashton M.
Key studies on how treatment organisations affect implementation and effectiveness of psychosocial therapies. Explores the effects of high staff turnover, how to reduce it, and the importance of services being ready for change, and asks whether change driven by money rather than humanitarian mission is just as good for patients.

MATRIX CELL 2020 HTM file
Alcohol Treatment Matrix cell C4: Management/supervision; Psychosocial therapies

Ashton M.
Seminal and key studies on management and supervision in psychosocial therapies. Focus is on evidence of the need for post-training ‘coaching’ and for letting therapists know how their clients are doing – especially when they are doing badly.

MATRIX CELL 2020 HTM file
Alcohol Treatment Matrix cell A3: Interventions; Medical treatment

Ashton M.
Seminal and key studies and reviews on the effectiveness of medical interventions and treatment in medical settings.


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