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REVIEW 2009 HTM file
Curbing problem drinking with personalized-feedback interventions: a meta-analysis

Synthesis of randomised trials finds worthwhile reductions in drinking after college students and others are simply very briefly informed how their drinking compares to population norms.

REVIEW 2008 HTM file
Alcohol misuse: tackling the UK epidemic

Report from Britain's trade union and professional association for doctors reviewing the extent and consequences of problem drinking in the UK and making recommendations for government action and evidence-based policies.

REVIEW 2008 HTM file
Diagnosis and management of alcohol use disorders

Clinical guidance for UK health care professionals on managing alcohol problems based on a review of British and international official guidance and major systematic reviews and research syntheses.

STUDY 2008 HTM file
Evaluation of a telephone-based stepped care intervention for alcohol-related disorders: a randomized controlled trial

This German study saved valuable counselling time by only offering further advice to primary care patients who had not yet responded to brief computerised feedback on their risky drinking.

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

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.

STUDY 2008 HTM file
Screening, brief interventions, referral to treatment (SBIRT) for illicit drug and alcohol use at multiple healthcare sites: comparison at intake and 6 months later

This huge US study set out to test whether widespread screening and brief intervention for illegal drug use (not just heavy drinking) could be implemented in a variety of general medical settings and whether it was effective. Both tests seem to have been passed, but with some important caveats.

STUDY 2008 HTM file
Reducing alcohol harm: health services in England for alcohol misuse

Official audit of work by the Department of Health and NHS to address the health effects of alcohol misuse. Describes a system whose infrastructure is clearly inadequate compared to the size of the task, but one recently taking steps in the right direction.

STUDY 2008 HTM file
Primary care intervention to reduce alcohol misuse: ranking its health impact and cost effectiveness

In this comprehensive analysis, screening for risky drinking and brief advice was estimated to be among the most cost-effective preventive services GPs could offer, ranking alongside common interventions such as screening for high blood pressure or immunisation against influenza.

STUDY 2007 HTM file
Measuring performance of brief alcohol counseling in medical settings: a review of the options and lessons from the Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system

Having mandated universal screening for alcohol problems, the US health system for ex military personnel here thoughtfully addresses how to measure the degree to which this led to appropriate implementation of brief interventions.

STUDY 2004 PDF file 194Kb
Teachers can teach while nurses do prevention

Promising results from one-to-one brief drinking prevention advice by US school nurses offers a way to release teachers from the bind of objectively teaching about substance use while trying to prevent it.

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