First major report from crucial English alcohol screening and brief interventions trials

Kaner E., Bland M., Cassidy P. et al. ‘Effectiveness of screening and brief alcohol intervention in primary care (SIPS trial): pragmatic cluster randomised controlled trial’. BMJ: 2013, 346, e8501.

The primary care arm of the largest alcohol screening and brief intervention study yet conducted in Britain found that the proportion of risky drinkers fell just as much after the most minimal of screening and intervention methods as after more sophisticated and longer (but still brief) alternatives.