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Kaner, Eileen FS and Beyer, Fiona and Muirhead, Colin and Campbell, Fiona and Pienaar, Elizabeth and Bertholet, Nicholas and Daeppen, Jean B and Saunders, John B and Burnand, Bernard (2018) Effectiveness of brief alcohol interventions in primary care populations. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (2), . DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004148.pub4.

External website: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/1465185...

What is the aim of this review?
We aimed to find out whether brief interventions with doctors and nurses in general practices or emergency care can reduce heavy drinking. We assessed the findings from 69 trials that involved a total of 33,642 participants; of these 34 studies (15,197 participants) provided data for the main analysis.

Key messages
Brief interventions in primary care settings aim to reduce heavy drinking compared to people who received usual care or brief written information. Longer interventions probably make little or no difference to heavy drinking compared to brief intervention.


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