Half an hour of advice may cut drink-driving

Brown T.G., Dongier M., Ouimet M.C. et al.,  ‘The role of demographic characteristics and readiness to change in 12-month outcome from two distinct brief interventions for impaired drivers’. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment: 2012, 42, p. 383–391.

Can repeat drink-driving offenders be swayed by just 30 minutes with a therapist, and would those minutes best be spent in motivational interviewing or providing information on alcohol? This Canadian study hints that ‘Yes’ is the answer to both questions – but only hints.

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