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Negative findings from a Danish attempt to implement the primary care screening and brief intervention protocol for heavy drinkers which emerged from World Health Organization trials suggest it was right for the UK to turn away from universal screening.
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.
SERIES OF ARTICLES 2002 PDF file 2075Kb
Investing in alcohol treatment
Two-part series extracted from an impressive Australian review. First, how to identify a drinking problem; second, whether brief talks with heavy drinkers identified by screening work, and how staff can be encouraged to implement them.
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 1999 PDF file 209Kb
Advice and referral curb drinking in alcohol dependent hospital patients
In New York the serendipitous misapplication of a brief intervention to alcohol-dependent general hospital patients raised the possibility that they benefit as much from this as from referral to full-blown treatment.
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