‘Inconclusive’ verdict on brief alcohol advice for young emergency patients

“Inconclusive” was the verdict of a review which aimed to assess the effectiveness of brief alcohol interventions among patients aged 11 to 21 attending for emergency care in the USA. Most promising targets seem to have been the more heavily or irresponsibly drinking among patients who were young adults rather than adolescents.

Identification and brief advice in emergency departments

Findings from an Alcohol Research UK-funded study of IBA activity in emergency departments have been published in Emergency Medicine Journal.  The study, by Robert Patton and and Pat O’Hara (Kings College, London), found that there had been ‘significant improvement in ED alcohol identification and brief advice since 2007.

The 2nd National Emergency Department survey of Alcohol Identification and Intervention activity

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Are UK alcohol policy and NICE guidelines, commending the use of screening tools and delivery of brief advice in hospital emergency departments being adopted?