Targeted training leads to significant increase in the delivery of alcohol interventions in primary care, new study shows

New research published today (8 February) shows a marked increase in the delivery of alcohol brief interventions in primary care settings where nurse mentors are specifically trained, bringing significant benefits to those at risk of alcohol harm. The research, funded by Alcohol Research UK and conducted by Substance Misuse Management Good Practice (SMMGP), highlights the […]

Alcohol Matrix Bite 1: Screening and Brief Intervention

First instalment of a fortnightly course on the evidence for alcohol treatment selects, explains and discusses seminal and key research on the effectiveness of screening and brief interventions.

‘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.

Delivering IBA: broadening the base from health to non-health contexts

A major new review of alcohol brief interventions is now available on our website.  The review considers the evidence base on the delivery of identification and brief advice in a wide range of settings. It concludes that broader delivery of IBA is feasible, but requires strong organisational support, effective training and financial investment.

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.