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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 2006 PDF file 199Kb
A&E units save health service resources by addressing drinking

This US study estimated that each $ spent screening for and offering advice to heavy drinking emergency patients would save nearly $4 in health care costs due to reduced hospital re-attendance. A British trial suggests similar savings might be found in the UK.

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

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

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 153Kb
Communities can reduce drink-driving deaths

A multi-million dollar attempt to equip US communities to tackle substance misuse only succeeded in reducing alcohol-related traffic deaths when treatment initiatives were supplemented by measures to limit the availability of alcohol.

STUDY 2003 PDF file 172Kb
Injury rate cut in heavy drinking accident and emergency patients

One of the few studies to have tried alcohol interventions in the emergency department rather than after admission was also the first to find a significant reduction in later injuries, but only if the initial approach had been reinforced with a booster.

STUDY 2003 PDF file 188Kb
Nurses help prevent hazardous drinking while caring for injured drinkers

This British study found that young men injured after binge drinking respond well to a brief intervention mounted in a hospital clinic dealing with injuries of the kind often related to drinking.

REVIEW 2002 PDF file 1279Kb
Investing in alcohol treatment: brief interventions

Second instalment of the comprehensive review funded by Australia's health department examines brief talks to heavy drinkers identified at hospitals or in primary care. Do they work, and how can staff be encouraged to implement them?

STUDY 2001 PDF file 187Kb
Emergency patients benefit from minimal alcohol intervention

Patients screened for alcohol problems in a Swedish emergency surgical ward responded well to a simple brief intervention delivered by ward staff; outcomes were not further improved by professional counselling.

REVIEW 1999 PDF file 841Kb
How brief can you get?

Three pioneering British studies dating back to the late '70s showed that alcohol problems could be reduced without intensive (and expensive) treatments. The implications were and remain immense, the controversy fierce.


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