Brief interventions and alcohol use

NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination
Record ID 31995000035
Authors' objectives:

To assess whether brief interventions are effective in reducing harm associated with alcohol consumption, and to compare brief interventions with more intensive treatments.

Authors' results and conclusions: Clinical:Brief interventions consisting of assessment of intake and provision of information and advice, are effective in reducing alcohol consumption among people with raised alcohol consumption. There was little advantage in the use of more specialist treatments. Economic:The direct cost per brief intervention is less than 320.
Authors' recommendations: Health commissioners should consider the routine opportunistic detection and brief treatment of patients in primary care and hospital settings. Combined screening and treatment programmes should be thoroughly evaluated.
Authors' methods: Systematic review
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 1993
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: England
MeSH Terms
  • Alcoholism
Organisation Name: University of York
Contact Address: University of York, York, Y01 5DD, United Kingdom. Tel: +44 1904 321040, Fax: +44 1904 321041,
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Copyright: University of York
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