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[Drug and Alcohol Findings] (2016) Little impact from brief alcohol advice in sexual health clinics. Drug and Alcohol Findings Bulletin (22 March 2016)

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A major study conducted in London did not find clinically important reductions in drinking among excessive drinkers offered a brief intervention while attending sexual health clinics, nor did brief intervention seem a cost-effective use of health service resources.

Key points from summary and commentary
• Conducted in London, the featured study examined the (cost-)effectiveness of a brief intervention for people attending sexual health clinics identified by a screening test as drinking excessively.
• The trial did not find clinically important reductions in drinking, nor did brief intervention seem a cost-effective use of health service resources.
• This major trial bolsters the impression that real-world brief interventions are not effective enough to justify widespread implementation, but their potential may yet be realised, and/or targeting screening to new patients and people who seem at risk may be more cost-effective


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Review
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:AOD disorder treatment method, Psychosocial treatment method, Screening
Source:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Date:March 2016
Number:22 March 2016
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Subjects:HJ Treatment method > Psychosocial treatment method
HJ Treatment method > Psychosocial treatment method > Individual therapy > Brief intervention
HJ Treatment method > Treatment outcome
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health related prevention > Health information and education > Communicable disease control > Safe sex
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Treatment and maintenance > Treatment factors
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom

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