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What you were reading in 2017…
Of the nearly 4 million downloads last year, you were most interested in reading hot topics about brief alcohol interventions (this had a massive 13,660 downloads), the crisis of overdose deaths (13,467), and why cannabis is worth bothering with (10,785).

The research studies you read in the greatest numbers were:
Scotland’s alcohol strategy judged partly successful (9,802)
Health benefits lost by reversal in English alcohol price policy (8,886)
Confirmation that tax rises are key alcohol harm reduction measure (8,779)

And these were our most popular concise analyses:
Enforced sobriety scheme for offenders piloted in London (2,854)
Seminal text on common factors in therapy (2,659)
Paying treatment services to meet standards improves performance (2,619)

A big thank you to everyone who personally reached out to us over the past year. Here are just a couple of comments from our readers:

“An essential resource. I seldom fail to be amazed at the quality of the hot topics. Even (especially) in a cash strapped system, your work is invaluable. It is a jewel in the substance misuse crown. My job is made much easier by having you at my side!”
Wayne Gault Lead Officer, Aberdeenshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership, Scotland

“Absolutely brilliant site and service which I use almost every day in my work (research, education and clinical practice). Recommend matrices to everyone! I use the website for my masters module at the university and the students love it!”
Dr Anne Whittaker Senior Lecturer/Reader, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care, Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland and Substance Misuse Directorate, NHS Lothian, Scotland

And lastly a ‘hidden treasure’ … an entry you might have missed in 2017:

Medication-assisted withdrawal led by patients’ symptoms (1,342) describes what happened when one UK hospital trust implemented a so-called ‘symptom-triggered’ approach to prescribing for patients experiencing alcohol withdrawal. Clinicians were satisfied with the new protocol, but how did patient safety and outcomes fare?
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