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 775 documents.

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STUDY 2006 PDF file 196Kb
Patient-focused alcohol treatment aids wives and children too

Jasmina Burdzovic Andreas William Fals-Stewart Murphy M, Murphy CM. Timothy J. O'Farrell
in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Whether families benefit from alcohol treatment as well as the patients has rarely been studied. This US analysis demonstrated that they do, positioning alcohol treatment as also contributing to child and family welfare objectives.

STUDY 2006 PDF file 159Kb
Integrated care for dual diagnosis patients betters parallel provision

Mangrum LF Spence RT Lopez M.
in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
This rare test of truly integrated substance use and mental health care for severely mentally ill patients found it cut subsequent psychiatric and legal crises. Even where full integration is not possible, the same principles could improve the work of mental health and addiction services.

STUDY 2006 PDF file 170Kb
Naltrexone aids primary care alcohol treatment

Raymond F. Anton, Stephanie S. OMalley Domenic A. Ciraulo Ron A. Cisler David Couper Dennis M. Donovan David R. Gastfriend James D. Hosking Bankole A. Johnson Joseph S. LoCastro Richard Longabaugh Barbara J. Mason Margaret E. Mattson William R. Miller He
in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Findings from the large-scale US COMBINE study add to accumulating evidence that the drug naltrexone is a valuable therapeutic enhancement for the kind of dependent drinkers and the kind of treatments suited to primary care settings.

STUDY 2006 PDF file 198Kb
Drink-driving cut by 30-minute talk with hospital patients

Schermer, Carol R. Moyers, Theresa B. Miller, William R. Bloomfield, Lori A.
in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Patients admitted to a US hospital following a traffic accident had fewer arrests for drink-driving after a short talk with hospital staff about their drinking, the first such finding and one which reinforced the case for hospital-based brief interventions.

STUDY 2010 HTM file
Counselor motivational interviewing skills and young adult change talk articulation during brief motivational interventions

Gaume J., Bertholet N., Faouzi M. et al.
Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment: 2010, 39, p. 272–281.
In the study of Swiss army conscripts, reflective listening emerged as possibly the key active ingredient in a brief alcohol intervention based on motivational interviewing.

REVIEW 2010 HTM file
Acamprosate for alcohol dependence

Rsner S., Hackl-Herrwerth A., Leucht S. et al.
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: 2010, 9. Art. No. CD004332.
The first Cochrane review of the drug acamprosate as a treatment for alcohol dependence finds clear evidence that it offers worthwhile if modest benefits in preventing a return to drinking after detoxification.

STUDY 2010 HTM file
Twelve-month follow-up results from a randomized controlled trial of a brief personalized feedback intervention for problem drinkers

Cunningham J.A., Wild C., Cordingley J. et al.
Alcohol & Alcoholism: 2010, 45(3), p. 258–262.
With other similar work, this Canadian study suggests that internet-based programs which offer feedback to the user on their drinking in relation to the population and on the risks they may be running can lead to drinking reductions of the same order as face-to-face advice.

REVIEW ABSTRACT 2009 HTM file
Cognitive-behavioral treatment with adult alcohol and illicit drug users: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

Magill M., Ray L.A.
Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs: 2009, 70, 516–527.
Cognitive-behavioural therapies are among the most widespread and influential approaches to substance use, yet this analysis found they conferred just a small advantage over other therapies. Perhaps other features are more important than the therapeutic 'brand'.

STUDY 2009 HTM file
Secondary prevention of hazardous alcohol consumption in psychiatric out-patients: a randomised controlled study

Eberhard S, Nordström G., Höglund P. et al.
Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology: 2009, 44(12), p. 1013–1021.
Set in Sweden, the first study among psychiatric outpatients to test brief alcohol interventions against screening alone found worthwhile extra drinking reductions after brief motivational advice. Use of a telephone-based intervention was another innovation.

STUDY 2009 HTM file
Evidence-based practice? The National Probation Service's work with alcohol-misusing offenders

McSweeney T., Webster R., Turnbull P.J. et al.
[UK] Ministry of Justice, 2009.
This report on work in England and Wales describes a system creatively grappling with a huge drink problem among offenders, but one undermined by lack of evidence about what works and by under-resourcing linked to a dispute over whether health or probation should bear the core funding burden.


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