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Drug and Alcohol Findings. (2017) ‘My GP says I drink too much’: screening and brief intervention. London: Drug and Alcohol Findings. Drug and Alcohol Findings Hot Topic (October-December 2017) 17 p.

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The advent of brief interventions represented a radical realignment away from aiming for abstinence among a (relatively) few ‘alcoholics’, to reducing harm and preventing more serious problems among the bulk of non-dependent heavy drinkers (1 2). Instead of narrow and intensive, the strategy was (and remains) to spread thin and wide, deploying easily-learnt interventions delivered in a few minutes by non-specialist staff.

The targets were no longer to be drinkers forced to or who chose to seek help, but the far greater number whose sub-critical consumption generated no impetus for intervention. They were to be identified by biochemical tests, a few screening questions, or clinical signs, while coming into contact with services for other reasons. The resulting package is variously known as ‘screening and brief intervention’ or ‘identification and brief advice’, a package which could be replicated so widely that even if only a minority responded to a small degree, the result would be a worthwhile improvement in health across a population of drinkers. Individuals would benefit by being diverted from yet more risky drinking, but unlike treatment, the population was the main target, not the individual.......


Item Type:Evidence resource
Drug Type:Alcohol, Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:AOD disorder harm reduction, Psychosocial treatment method, Screening
Source:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Date:3 October 2017
Pages:17 p.
Publisher:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Corporate Creators:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Place of Publication:London
Number:October-December 2017
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Subjects:B Substances > Alcohol
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Alcohol use
HA Screening, identification, and diagnostic method > Psychosocial screening and diagnostic method
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 > Identification and screening > Identification and screening for substance use
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Treatment and maintenance > Treatment factors
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care programme or facility > Community-based treatment (primary care)
T Demographic characteristics > Doctor
T Demographic characteristics > Nurse / Midwife
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom

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