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 779 documents.

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STUDY 2005 PDF file 113Kb
Lasting benefits nine years after a brief alcohol intervention

Nilssen O.
in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
A unique study from Norway discerned lasting benefits from a brief alcohol intervention nine years after risky drinkers had been identified during mass screening for heart disease and other medical risk factors.

OFFCUT 2005 PDF file 98Kb
Crime and disorder partnerships yet to commit to tackling alcohol

Richardson A.
in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
When in 2001/02 the Home Office analysed the plans of crime and disorder reduction partnerships in England and Wales they found most linked alcohol to violence and disorder or anti-social behaviour, but few prioritised tackling the link or set explicit targets.

STUDY 2005 PDF file 156Kb
Preventive impact of computer simulations

Steven Schinke
in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
US pre-teens 'prevented themselves' from going on to drink (and smoke or use cannabis) through computerised scenarios involving decisions over drinking, offering a way to introduce education and prevention in youth facilities without expert teaching staff.

STUDY 2008 HTM file
Improving public addiction treatment through performance contracting: the Delaware experiment

McLellan A.T., Kemp J., Brooks A. et al.
Health Policy: 2008, 87, p. 296–308.
Instead of telling addiction treatment providers what to do to qualify for funding, the US state of Delaware set recruitment and engagement targets and largely left the methods up to the services. Result: more and more engaging treatment without stifling innovation.

STUDY 2005 PDF file 146Kb
Heavily drinking emergency patients cut down after referral for counselling

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Latest in a series of studies at a London emergency unit found drinking reductions and reduced re-attendance after referring heavy drinkers for brief counselling. Screening and referral were routine at the unit, suggesting the model could be widely implemented.

STUDY 2005 PDF file 175Kb
Match motivational interviews to the client

Damaris J. Rohsenow
in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Motivational interviews are not universally beneficial or at worst neutral – sometimes they make things worse. In this US study they helped ambivalent patients make the most of their treatment but impeded the recovery of those already committed to change.

STUDY 2009 HTM file
Drug and alcohol services in Scotland

Audit Scotland.
Audit Scotland, 2009.
Scotland's national audit body assesses value for money from drug and alcohol services. It found systems poorly informed by the problems to be addressed and what works in addressing them, and in respect of drugs, unclear about what 'value' consists of.

STUDY 2005 PDF file 160Kb
Structured nursing advice helps alcohol home detox patients keep staying sober

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Restructuring the nursing involved in British home detoxification programmes meant that a year later a third more patients were no longer drinking heavily, creating a highly cost-effective intervention.

STUDY 2005 PDF file 142Kb
Anti-alcohol drug also reduces cocaine use

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
US trial shows that when cocaine dependence and heavy drinking are intertwined, prescribing the anti-alcohol medication disulfiram helps resolve both problems, unless patients are so wedded to drink that they stop taking the pills.

STUDY 2005 PDF file 170Kb
'Real-world' studies show that medications do suppress heavy drinking

Paul Kiritz-Topor Therese K. Killeen Avinash De Sousa
in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Three trials found that drugs commonly used to treat alcohol dependence improve outcomes for an appreciable minority of patients, even under conditions close to normal practice. Together they offer clues to who benefits most from each medication.

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