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[Drug and Alcohol Findings] (2016) Pharmacy brief intervention has no effect on problem drinking. Drug and Alcohol Findings Bulletin (22 July 2016)

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Despite a clear rationale for embedding brief interventions in community pharmacies, this UK trial found no evidence that they would reduce hazardous or harmful drinking.

Key points from summary and commentary:
• Pharmacies in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham were invited to take part in a trial of brief alcohol interventions, aimed at reducing hazardous or harmful drinking.
• There was no significant change in levels of drinking between the brief intervention and non-intervention group, or (for either group) between the start of the study and the follow-up at three months.
• The pharmacy-based brief interventions appeared to have no effect on hazardous or harmful drinking

Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Review
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:AOD disorder harm reduction, Psychosocial treatment method
Source:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Date:22 July 2016
Number:22 July 2016
Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
B Substances > Alcohol
HJ Treatment method > Psychosocial treatment method > Individual therapy > Brief intervention
HJ Treatment method > Treatment outcome
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention by sponsor or setting > Community-based prevention
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care programme or facility > Community-based treatment (primary care)
T Demographic characteristics > Pharmacist

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