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 768 documents.

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STUDY 2015 HTM file
Four nations: How evidence-based are alcohol policies and programmes across the UK?

Fitzgerald N., Angus C.
Alliance for Useful Evidence, 2015
Approaches to alcohol policy differ widely across the UK. Scottish policy appears to be most closely aligned with evidence-based recommendations, framing alcohol as a whole population issue, in contrast with UK government policy which is influenced to a greater extent by prevailing beliefs about personal responsibility for alcohol issues.

COLLECTION 2016 HTM file
The Addiction archive

‘Collections’ are customised Effectiveness Bank searches not available via the standard options in the search pages. Complete list of Effectiveness Bank analyses of articles in the journal Addiction published by our partner the Society for the Study of Addiction.

HOT TOPIC 2016 HTM file
Is it futile to match alcohol treatments to the patient?

Ashton M.
‘Hot topics’ offer background and analysis on important issues which sometimes generate heated debate. Even if overall one type of therapy for problem drinking is no better than another, surely this is just because certain therapies worked best with certain patients? Expectations that ‘matching’ would lead to improved outcomes were dashed in what was intended to be the definitive test, but it would be premature entirely to dismiss the idea.

HOT TOPIC 2016 HTM file
How many drinkers should be in treatment?

Ashton M.
One of our selection of hot topics – important issues which sometimes generate heated debate over the facts or their interpretation. What proportion of the UK’s problem drinkers are in treatment, how far does that fall short of the number who should be – and how do we judge ‘should’?

STUDY 2015 HTM file
A longitudinal study of hepatitis C virus testing and infection status notification on behaviour change in people who inject drugs

Spelman T., Morris M.D., Zang G. et al.
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health: 2015, 69, p. 745–752
Using data pooled from studies in three countries, researchers examined the impact of hepatitis C testing and counselling – and of testing positive versus negative – on whether people who inject drugs become more or less likely to risk infection.

STUDY 2014 HTM file
Influence of counselor characteristics and behaviors on the efficacy of a brief motivational intervention for heavy drinking in young men – a randomized controlled trial

Gaume J., Magill M., Longabaugh R. et al.
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research: 2014, 38(7), p. 2138–2147.
Swiss study of brief alcohol interventions with a representative sample of heavy drinking young men exposed the determining influence on later drinking of the practitioner’s competence in motivational interviewing and how they behave in the session.

STUDY 2015 HTM file
A 9-month follow-up of a 3-month web-based alcohol treatment program using intensive asynchronous therapeutic support

Postel M.G, ter Huurne E.D., Haan H.A. et al.
American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse: 2015, 41(4), p. 309–316.
In the Netherlands an intensive cognitive-behavioural treatment programme for problem drinkers based on messages sent via a web site between therapist and patient achieved substantial remission in drinking and improvements in health – promising results undermined somewhat by how few patients were followed up.

STUDY 2010 HTM file
Brief alcohol intervention for college drinkers: How brief is?

Kulesza M., Apperson M., Larimer M.E. et al.
Addictive Behaviors: 2010, 35(7), 730–733.
This US study found that in the short term, 50 minutes of motivational counselling with student drinkers was no more effective in reducing alcohol consumption than 10 minutes of motivational counselling.

STUDY 2010 HTM file
“Everyone deserves services no matter what”: Defining success in harm-reduction-based substance user treatment

Lea H.S., Zerai A.
Substance Use and Misuse: 2010, 45(14), p. 1–17.
A study exploring the challenges of defining and measuring ‘outcomes’ and ‘success’ in substance use treatment environments, from the perspective of staff and participants in two different US harm-reduction counselling programmes.

STUDY 2014 HTM file
An early evaluation of implementation of brief intervention for unhealthy alcohol use in the US Veterans Health Administration

Williams E.C., Rubinsky A.D., Chavez L.J. et al.
Addiction: 2014, 109(9), p. 1472–1481.
Evaluated across an entire region, a determined effort to implement alcohol screening and brief intervention in the US health system for ex-military personnel led to no significant reductions in drinking – results seen as a prime example of the disappointing impacts of alcohol brief interventions in real-world conditions.


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