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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 770 documents.

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STUDY 2010 HTM file
Long-term effects of prenatal and infancy nurse home visitation on the life course of youths: 19-year follow-up of a randomized trial

Eckenrode J., Campa M., Luckey D.W. et al.
Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine: 2010, 164(1), p. 9–15.
In their prevention themes British drug strategies place considerable weight on early years parenting support; whatever else such efforts may achieve, this seminal US study did not find any long-term effects on substance use.

STUDY 2011 HTM file
Therapist effectiveness: implications for accountability and patient care

Kraus D.R., Castonguay L., Boswell J.F. et al.
Psychotherapy Research: 2011, 21(3), p. 267–276.
1 in 6 US therapists (mainly not specialising in substance use) typically ended up with clients whose substance use problems were significantly worse than when they started therapy, an indication perhaps that social workers and mental health counsellors find these issues especially hard to deal with.

REVIEW 2011 HTM file
Universal school-based prevention programs for alcohol misuse in young people

Foxcroft D.R., Tsertsvadze A.
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: 2011, 5, Art. No.: CD009113.
This authoritative review says that school programmes which work best at preventing youth drinking problems are not specifically about alcohol at all, but instead target problem behaviour more generally.

STUDY 2011 HTM file
The effectiveness of supported employment in people with dual disorders

Mueser K.T., Campbell K., Drake R.E.
Journal of Dual Diagnosis: 2011, 7(1–2), p. 90–102.
Compared to more gradualist approaches, with appropriate support targeted at rapidly achieving this objective, far more mentally ill problem substance users in the USA were enabled to find competitive employment in the open labour market rather than sheltered placements.

STUDY 2011 HTM file
Evaluation of the Jobcentre Plus Intensive Activity trial for substance misusing customers

Fisher C.
[UK] Department for Work and Pensions, 2011.
In three high drug use urban areas in England, treatment staff were placed in job centres to facilitate the referral of unemployed substance users in to treatment. It worked, but not well enough to recommend a national roll out.

STUDY 2010 HTM file
Offender alcohol interventions: minding the policy gap

Fitzpatrick R., Thorne L.
Advances in Dual Diagnosis: 2010, 3(4), p. 14–19.
Based on exhaustive consultations in the south west of England, this report diagnoses the blockages to providing adequate alcohol-related services to offenders and makes recommendations to improve commissioning, coordination and practice.

STUDY 2011 HTM file
An evaluation of the implementation of the objectives of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005; first interim report summary

MacGregor A., Sharp C., Mabelis J. et al.
NHS Health Scotland, 2011.
Scotland's 2005 licensing reforms were of nationwide interest because they placed it in the vanguard across the UK, notably in adding public health to licensing objectives. While staff say other elements are working well, disappointingly this key measure has so far had little impact.

STUDY 2010 HTM file
Cluster-randomized controlled trial of dissemination strategies of an online quality improvement programme for alcohol-related disorders

Ruf D., Berner M., Kriston L. et al.
Alcohol and Alcoholism: 2010, 45(1), p. 70–78.
No matter which dissemination strategy was tried, just 4 in 10 GPs in Germany logged in to a government funded online alcohol intervention education and support system. Even among the few practices who joined the study, training was poorly attended.

STUDY 2011 HTM file
Reducing the impact of alcohol-related harm to Londoners – how well are we doing?

Penfold M., Rand H.
London: Alcohol Concern, 2011.
Seven years after the first alcohol harm reduction strategy for England, this audit finds treatment access and brief intervention work has progressed in London but funding is often precarious and GP services are surprisingly under-developed.

STUDY 2010 HTM file
A review of alcohol services for offenders in the North East region

North East Public Health Observatory.
North East Public Health Observatory, 2010.
Problem drinking offenders in north east England benefit from creative partnership working, but still this report baldly states that, "for 'alcohol only' prisoners, an alcohol care pathway does not exist"; low-level intervention in prison is followed by minimal support on release.


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