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Klimas, Jan and Fairgrieve, Christopher and Tobin, Helen and Field, Catherine-Anne and O'Gorman, Clodagh SM and Glynn, Liam G and Keenan, Eamon and Saunders, Jean and Bury, Gerard and Dunne, Colum and Cullen, Walter (2018) Psychosocial interventions to reduce alcohol consumption in concurrent problem alcohol and illicit drug users. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 12, . DOI 10.1002/14651858.CD009269.pub4.

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Problem alcohol use is common among people who use illicit drugs (PWID) and is associated with adverse health outcomes. It is also an important factor contributing to a poor prognosis among drug users with hepatitis C virus (HCV) as it impacts on progression to hepatic cirrhosis or opioid overdose in PWID.

We found low to very low‐quality evidence to suggest that there is no difference in effectiveness between different types of psychosocial interventions to reduce alcohol consumption among people who use illicit drugs, and that brief interventions are not superior to assessment‐only or to treatment as usual. No firm conclusions can be made because of the paucity of the data and the low quality of the retrieved studies.

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