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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 773 documents.

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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.

STUDY 2011 HTM file
Derbyshire's Alcohol Diversion Scheme evaluation

Derbyshire Community Safety Partnership, Druglink.
Derbyshire Community Safety Partnership and Druglink, 2011.
Enticed by a halving in their fines, young 'binge' drinkers in northern England penalised for alcohol-related nuisance undertook a brief course which was followed by substantial reductions in drinking and alcohol-related problems. The fines they did pay financed the courses.

STUDY 2009 HTM file
Evaluation of the Hertfordshire Alcohol Diversion Scheme

McNicol I.
Hemel Hempstead: Druglink, 2009.
Enticed by a halving in their fines, young 'binge' drinkers in south east England penalised for alcohol-related nuisance undertook a brief course which was followed by reductions in drinking and better management of potential flash points. The fines they did pay helped finance the courses.

STUDY 2011 HTM file
The impact and delivery of alcohol treatment requirements in the Leicestershire and Rutland Probation Trust area

McSweeney T., Bhardwa B.
London: Institute for Criminal Policy Research, Birkbeck College, 2011.
In the English Midlands, problem-drinking offenders who agreed to be ordered in to alcohol treatment by the courts had a worse prognosis than comparable previous offenders but slightly fewer reoffended; also their drinking was reduced but for many remained excessive.

STUDY 2010 HTM file
Evaluation of the alcohol treatment requirement in five sites across the Lancashire probation area

Baldwin H., Duffy P.
Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, 2010.
In Lancashire in northern England, problem-drinking offenders who agreed to be ordered in to alcohol treatment by the courts dramatically cut their drinking and offending and experienced improved health and wellbeing.

STUDY 2011 HTM file
Delivering the Alcohol Treatment Requirement: assessing the outcomes and impact of coercive treatment for alcohol misuse

Ashby J., Horrocks C., Kelly N.
Probation Journal: 2011, 58(1), p. 52–67.
In one English district, most of the problem-drinking offenders who agreed to be ordered in to alcohol treatment by the courts stopped drinking or successfully cut back.

REVIEW 2011 HTM file
Different methods of early identification of risky drinking: a review of clinical signs

Reinholdz H.K., Bendtsen P., Spak F.
Alcohol and Alcoholism: 2011, 46(3), p. 283–291.
A national project in Sweden advocates replacing standard screening with what are seen as more natural ways to identify risky drinkers among primary care patients, but can these work as well as tools like the AUDIT questionnaire, and what are the pros and cons?

STUDY 2010 HTM file
Glutamate dehydrogenase as a marker of alcohol dependence

Kravos M., Malešič I.
Alcohol and Alcoholism: 2010, 45(1), p. 39–44.
Slovenian study identifies which chemicals in the blood best identify dependent drinkers in the sense of not missing those who are dependent, confirming when they have stopped drinking, and not falsely identifying non-dependent people as dependent.


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