Brief intervention works with alcohol-dependent hospital patients

Liu S, Wu S., Chen S. et al. ‘Randomized controlled trial of a brief intervention for unhealthy alcohol use in hospitalized Taiwanese men’. Addiction: 2011, 106, p. 928–940.

Even dependent drinkers among Taiwanese hospital patients substantially cut back their drinking after being identified and offered brief advice, findings from a study which provides one of the most convincing demonstrations yet that brief intervention can work in this setting.