Brief alcohol advice might help with emergency department overload

Bray J.W., Cowell A.J., Hinde J.M. ‘A systematic review and meta-analysis of health care utilization outcomes in alcohol screening and brief intervention trials’. Medical Care: 2011, 49(3), p. 287–294.

Screening for risky drinking and offering brief advice slightly reduces later emergency department visits was the main finding of this review, suggesting these programmes can help ease pressure on overloaded departments. Adding to their attraction, some of the evidence comes from studies in the services set to benefit.