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 773 documents.

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STUDY 2004 PDF file 102Kb
Sampling abstinence from sweets and TV also curbs youth substance use

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
In three European countries secondary school pupils were invited to contract with a schoolmate to renounce their chosen indulgence for two weeks. Though most chose sweets, TV or computer games, there was also a spillover effect to substance use.

STUDY 2004 PDF file 181Kb
Family check-up builds on teachers' abilities to identify problem pupils

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Using teachers' ratings to target the families of high-risk pupils, a US study has shown that a few hours spent improving parental monitoring and response to childrens' behaviour can lead two years later to reductions in substance use.

STUDY 2004 PDF file 166Kb
Dual diagnosis add-on to mental health services improves outcomes

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
A unique British study has found that treatment-resistant schizophrenic patients benefit from additional integrated substance use/mental health therapy, which may also save costs by reducing the need for inpatient care.

NASTY SURPRISES 2004 PDF file 211Kb
Confident kids ... like to party

in the Drug and Alcohol Findings magazine
Research challenging the presumption that because it is 'bad', then youth substance use must also be caused by and cause other 'bad' things. The nasty surprise is that by fostering socially skilled youngsters keen on sports, we can also be fostering substance use.

STUDY 2007 HTM file
Outcomes of a prospective trial of student-athlete drug testing: the Student Athlete Testing Using Random Notification (SATURN) Study

Goldberg L., Elliot D.L., MacKinnon D.P. et al.
Journal of Adolescent Health: 2007, 41, p. 421–429.
First randomised follow-up study offers little support for randomly testing US school pupils for drug or alcohol use, adding to a slim evidence base which has so far found little benefit to justify the risks and the costs.

STUDY 2008 HTM file
Addressing the needs of children of substance using parents: an evaluation of Families First's Intensive Intervention

Woolfall K., Sumnall H., McVeigh J.
Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, 2008.
Based in Middlesbrough and winners of the Drug Team of the Year award in 2008, Families First's intensive short-term support meant that children of problem drug users on the verge of being removed from the family were safely able to stay with their parents or other relatives.

STUDY 2007 HTM file
Day hospital and residential addiction treatment: randomized and nonrandomized managed care clients

Witbrodt J., Bond J., Kaskutas L.A. et al.
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology: 2007, 75(6), p. 947–959.
By selecting clients at the very edge of ethically requiring referral to residential care, this US study confirms that unless there are pressing contraindications, intensive non-residential options deliver equivalent outcomes. Often of course, there ARE pressing contraindications.

REVIEW 2008 HTM file
Distinctions without a difference: direct comparisons of psychotherapies for alcohol use disorders

Imel Z.E., Wampold B.E.
Psychology of Addictive Behaviors: 2008, 22(4), p. 533–543.
After combining results from studies comparing talking therapies for alcohol problems, this ingenious analysis finds any structured approach grounded in an explicit model as good as any other. We have, it's argued, been looking in the wrong direction for therapy's active ingredients.

REVIEW 2007 HTM file
Using correlational evidence to select youth for prevention programming

Derzon H.
Journal of Primary Prevention: 2007, 28, p. 421–447.
Is it best to focus prevention efforts on youngsters most likely to use substances - or will that miss out many future users who could have benefited from these efforts? This well informed and clear analysis concludes that we just can't predict well enough to risk leaving some youngsters out.

STUDY 2007 HTM file
The impact of screening, brief intervention, and referral for treatment on emergency department patients' alcohol use

Academic ED SBIRT Research Collaborative.
Annals of Emergency Medicine: 2007, 50(6), p. 699–710.
Just a few minutes with specially hired screening and intervention staff can make a difference to emergency patients' drinking, but in the real world the hospital's own staff will usually do this work. A US study tested this real-world scenario and still found (modest) drinking reductions.


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