Professor Paul Wallace and Stuart Linke give an overview of the Down Your Drink online screening and brief advice website.
Are UK alcohol policy and NICE guidelines, commending the use of screening tools and delivery of brief advice in hospital emergency departments being adopted?
The misuse of alcohol is of major national and international public health concern and can bring significant harm and burden to family members, resulting in increased use of health and social care services and a drain on their resources.
Reducing alcohol-related harm in the workplace: a feasibility study of screening and brief interventions for hazardous drinkers.
The negative impact of hazardous and harmful drinking on health and well-being for individuals and at a societal level has been well documented, and there is convincing evidence of the cost-effectiveness of brief interventions in primary care (Kaner et al. 2007, Fleming et al.2002). Less attention has been focused on the workplace as an arena for brief alcohol interventions.
What are the practical and service implications involved in implementing a routine screening and brief intervention model alongside the day-to-day running of a young persons’ sexual health clinic.
Strategy for Implementing Screening and Brief Alcohol Interventions in Primary Health Care in England
There is abundant evidence that screening for hazardous and harmful drinking in the primary health care setting and offering brief advice to patients drinking over recommended levels for “safe” alcohol consumption is an effective and cost-effective means of reducing alcohol-related harm. It is estimated that, if screening and brief intervention (SBI) were routinely offered to such patients by general practitioners, practices nurses and other primary health care (PHC) staff, the benefits for public health would be considerable. Unfortunately, however, for a variety of reasons, PHC staff have been slow to incorporate SBI into their daily working practices and an opportunity significantly to reduce alcohol-related harm is being lost. The study funded by AERC was aimed at making a contribution to solving this problem.
A randomised controlled trial of training and support strategies to encourage screening and brief alcohol intervention
There is good evidence to show that excessive drinking is responsive to brief alcohol intervention in primary health care. However, most of the research to date has focused on general practitioners. Nurse involvement in brief alcohol intervention is low, despite the fact that they may be more cost-effective at delivering brief intervention in primary care.