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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 2010 HTM file
Social network effects in alcohol consumption among adolescents

Ali M.M., Dwyer D.S.
Addictive Behaviors: 2010, 35, p. 337–342.
Is the peer influence on which many substance use prevention programmes are based an illusion due to other factors like pupils sharing similar environments or choosing like-minded friends? Not entirely, finds this unusually rigorous US analysis; the chances of a given child drinking rise by 4% for every 10% more of their school year-mates who drink.

STUDY 1970 HTM file
Frontiers of alcoholism

Chafetz M.E., Blane H.T., Hill M.J. eds.
New York: Science House, 1970.
Later to become founding director of the US National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, in the late 1950s Dr Morris Chafetz of the Massachusetts General Hospital conducted a remarkable series of studies which proved that an alcohol clinic's intake and performance can be transformed by the simple application of empathy and organisation.

REVIEW 2012 HTM file
The meanings of recovery from addiction: evolution and promises

El-Guebaly N.
Journal of Addiction Medicine: 2012, 6(1), p 1–9.
What is 'recovery' and what does it mean for the roles of treatment and of doctors? This analysis based on the last ten years' writings on the subject draws a parallel with mental health, where recovery in terms of a meaningful and self-directed life is reserved for persisting severe illness resistant to 'cure' via treatment.

STUDY 1981 HTM file
Interpersonal functioning of alcoholism counselors and treatment outcome

Valle S.K.,
Journal of Studies on Alcohol: 1981, 42(9), p. 783–790.
Seminal US study which found that the therapy-related social skills of alcohol counsellors were strongly related to how many of their patients relapsed in the two years after leaving inpatient treatment.

STUDY 1980 HTM file
The attitudes of helping agents toward the alcoholic client: the influence of experience, support, training and self-esteem

Cartwright A.K.J.
British Journal of Addiction: 1980, 75(4), p. 413–431.
Seminal English study which turned the spotlight on organisational factors in the development of a positive attitude to working with problem drinkers, in particular the availability of experience in working with these patients and the support of experienced colleagues. Without these the effects of training are less and less well sustained.

DOCUMENT 2013 HTM file
When confrontation was challenged

Ashton M.
Druglink: April/May 2013.
Focus is on a seminal study from motivational interviewing’s originator which more than any other heightened the profile of the therapist’s interpersonal style in substance use counselling, seeming to confirm that heavy drinkers react best to non-confrontational nudging rather than the more bludgeoning style typical of the time.

STUDY 2010 HTM file
Long-term effect of community-based treatment: evidence from the adolescent outcomes project

Edelen M.O., Slaughter M.E., McCaffrey D.F. et al.
Drug and Alcohol Dependence: 2010, 107, p. 62–68.
The title speaks of long-term effects but in fact there were none from sending young US substance users to a youth therapeutic community specialising in substance use problems compared to non-specialist group homes; early gains had all eroded, an instance of the general difficulty of sustaining youth treatment outcomes.

DOCUMENT 2012 HTM file
Improving outcomes and supporting transparency part 1: A public health outcomes framework for England, 2013–2016

Department of Health.
[UK] Department of Health, 2012.
Sets out the structure and objectives of the public health system for England effective from April 2013 and how progress against these objectives will be measured, including addiction treatment completions, alcohol-related hospital admissions, and prisoners identified as needing treatment for alcohol/drug problems.

REVIEW 2011 HTM file
Behavioral couples therapy for substance abusers: where do we go from here?

Klostermann K., Kelley M.L., Mignone T. et al.
Substance Use & Misuse: 2011, 46, p. 1502–1509.
Problem drinkers and drug users in a persisting if distressed relationship with a partner do better when the focus is at least partly shifted from the patient to working with the couple to foster sobriety-encouraging interactions. Benefits for patients and the broader society can be remarkable.

STUDY 2010 HTM file
Effect of motivational interviewing on reduction of alcohol use

Nyamathi A., Shoptaw S., Cohen A. et al.
Drug and Alcohol Dependence: 2010, 107(1), p. 23–30.
At Californian methadone clinics, group education sessions led by a nurse and focused on the risks of aggravating hepatitis infection led to the same substantial reductions in drinking as one-to-one or group motivational interviewing conducted by highly trained counsellors, offering a cost-effective means to reduce alcohol-related risks.


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