College health clinics can do mass alcohol screening and brief advice

Fleming, M.F., Balousek S., Grossberg P.M. et al. ‘Brief physician advice for heavy drinking college students: a randomized controlled trial in college health clinics’. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs: 2010, 71, p. 23–31.

Can college health clinics do widespread screening and brief alcohol advice? Yes they can, is one conclusion of this first large-scale test conducted at five North American universities. The other main conclusion – that by doing so they make worthwhile reductions in drinking and related harm – is weakened by the small size of the impacts.