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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HOT TOPIC 2017 HTM file
‘My GP says I drink too much’: screening and brief intervention
One of our hot topics – important issues which sometimes generate heated debate. In the absence of more or less inescapable impediments to heavy drinking like ramping up the price of cheap alcohol, widespread screening and brief advice have been the great hope for drink-related public health improvements. Patchy effectiveness and poor implementation have led that ambition to be questioned.
HOT TOPIC 2017 HTM file
Substance use treatment as part of a ‘wrap-around’ package of care
Ashton M., Davies N.
One of our hot topic essays on important issues which sometimes generate heated debate. Asks whether supplementing addiction treatment with ‘wrap-around’ services is a distraction, or part of the core business of sustainably overcoming addiction. What’s for sure is that mental health, social and material resources, and the wherewithal for social inclusion, are all often lacking in addiction treatment caseloads; but does addressing these promote recovery?
MATRIX CELL 2016 HTM file
Alcohol Matrix cell E1: Treatment systems; Screening and brief intervention
The most important studies on local, regional and national systems for effectively and cost-effectively implementing screening and brief intervention. One of 25 cells in the alcohol matrix. Also highlights the most useful reviews and practice guidelines and offers a customised one-click search for more on the Effectiveness Bank database.
Holloway A., Donaghy E.
Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems, 2017
Insight into what helps and hinders the delivery of brief alcohol interventions in general practice, from the perspective of doctors working in Scotland.
COLLECTION 2017 HTM file
‘Collections’ are customised Effectiveness Bank searches not available via the standard options in the search pages. Entries on one of only two types of therapies recommended for alcohol and/or drug users by NICE, the UK’s official health intervention advisers. Best known of these in the substance use sector focuses on a daily ritual in which the couple reaffirm and reinforce the user’s intention to stay drug-free/sober.
STUDY 2014 HTM file
A ‘symptom-triggered’ approach to alcohol withdrawal management
Murdoch J., Marsden J.
British Journal of Nursing: 2014, 23(4), p. 198–202.
Providing medication in response to symptoms of alcohol withdrawal instead of routinely improved the outcomes of patients in acute hospital settings – reducing the duration of treatment and the amount of medication used.
National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health.
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, 2011.
This impressive assessment of what evaluation research means for alcohol dependence treatment in Britain is distinguished by reviews of the latest literature on the sub-topics it covers; in some cases these starkly reveal the inadequacies of the evidence base.
on the web
Systematically applying simple prompts and motivators can improve aftercare attendance and help sustain progress made during initial residential treatment, offering a way to preserve the benefits of the investment made by patients, services and funders.
STUDY 2016 HTM file
The Licensing Act (2003): its uses and abuses 10 years on
London: Institute of Alcohol Studies, 2016.
Seen as excluding health concerns and requiring an individualistic and ‘premises by premises’ approach, interviews with stakeholders and a revisiting of the 2003 Licensing Act for England and Wales suggest it could nevertheless be used to address public health and to implement licensing policies and decisions based on likely overall local impact.
STUDY 2015 HTM file
Using behavioral triage in court-supervised treatment of DUI offenders
Carey S.M., Allen Theresa H., Einspruch E.L. et al.
Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly: 2015, 33, p. 44–63.
From California, the first evaluation of a system which escalated drink/drug drivers to treatment if they failed a less intensive sentence found significantly reduced recidivism and accidents, and evidence that injuries related to accidents also fell.
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