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 767 documents.

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STUDY 1987 HTM file
Evaluation of a controlled drinking minimal intervention for problem drinkers in general practice (the DRAMS scheme)

Heather N., Campion P.D., Neville R.G. et al.
Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners: 1987, 37, p. 358–363.
Uncovered in our search for seminal studies for the Alcohol Treatment Matrix, a piece of old gold … Hampered by problems with implementation, this evaluation of an early controlled drinking brief intervention showed no advantage for patients over basic advice (or no intervention at all), prefiguring later findings from larger trials.

MATRIX CELL 2016 HTM file
Alcohol Matrix cell B3: Practitioners; Medical treatment

Ashton M.
The most important seminal and key studies and reviews shedding light on the impact of the practitioner in medical interventions and treatment for alcohol problems in medical settings.

MATRIX CELL 2016 HTM file
Alcohol 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.

REVIEW 2013 HTM file
Metaanalysis of naltrexone and acamprosate for treating alcohol use disorders: when are these medications most helpful?

Maisel N.C., Blodgett J.C., Wilbourne P.L. et al.
Addiction: 2013, 108(2), p. 275–293.
Naltrexone and acamprosate both modestly curtail drinking among alcohol-dependent patients, but which is best in which circumstances and for which treatment goals? To find out this review compared the medications’ performance when separately benchmarked against a placebo, bringing to bear much more data than is available from the few trials which directly compared the two drugs.

STUDY 2012 HTM file
Usefulness of brief intervention for patients admitted to emergency services for acute alcohol intoxication

Schwan R., Di Patritio P., Albuisson E. et al.
European Journal of Emergency Medicine: 2012, 19, p. 384–388.
Brief interventions conducted by alcohol treatment specialists reduced alcohol-affected readmission rate by nearly half among patients admitted to a French emergency department when drunk or in need of withdrawal.

STUDY 2015 HTM file
Navigating the alcohol treatment pathway: A qualitative study from the service users’ perspective

Gilburt H., Drummond C., Sinclair J.
Alcohol and Alcoholism: 2015, 50(4), p. 444–450.
Patient interviews provide insight into low levels of engagement and retention in alcohol treatment services, hindering the effective provision of treatment for dependent drinkers. Findings suggest that treatment pathways should better reflect the capacity and capabilities of people with alcohol dependence.

HOT TOPIC 2016 HTM file
Don’t treat, just test and sanction

Ashton M.
One of our hot topics offering background and analysis on important issues which sometimes generate heated debate. Gaining influential support is the proposition that for problem substance users over whom leverage can be exerted, we can largely do away with treatment and just test for substance use and punish infringements. Is this really the way forward?

REVIEW 2016 HTM file
Emergency department-based brief interventions for individuals with substance-related problems: A review of effectiveness

Fountain J., Ferri M., Bo A.
European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, 2015.
Scant research into brief interventions targeting harmful drug use in emergency departments prevents firm conclusions being drawn about their effectiveness. But, recognised benefits for alcohol, and likely cost-effectiveness, suggest that brief interventions may be appropriate within emergency care settings.

STUDY 2010 HTM file
South Dakota 24/7 Sobriety program evaluation findings report

Loudenburg R., Drube G., Leonardson G.
Mountain Plains Evaluation, LLC, 2010.
Drink-driving offenders on South Dakota’s 24/7 Sobriety project test alcohol-free at over 99% of the twice-daily breath tests intended to enforce abstinence via the threat of immediate brief imprisonment, and subsequent recidivism is lower than among other drink-driving offenders in the state.

STUDY 2016 HTM file
Alcohol abstinence monitoring requirement: A process review of the proof of concept pilot

Pepper M., Dawson P.
Mayor of London Office for Policing and Crime, 2016
London pilot of enforced sobriety offers useful insights to inform expansion of the Alcohol Abstinence Monitoring Requirement scheme.


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