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Davies, Emma L and Maier, Larissa and Winstock, Adam and Ferris, Jason (2019) Intention to reduce drinking alcohol and preferred sources of support: an international cross-sectional study. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment , 99 .


Introduction:

Drinking alcohol is legal in most countries of the world. Given the social acceptance of this behavior despite potential negative impact on health, help-seeking behavior could differ when compared to other drugs. This paper aimed to assess intentions to reduce drinking and the preferred sources of support among a large international sample of people who drink alcohol.

 

Materials and methods:

The Global Drug Survey (GDS) is the world's largest annual survey of drug use. This paper

included data from 82,190 respondents from 12 countries on four continents who reported the use of alcohol in the last 12 months, collected during November 2016–January 2017 (GDS2017).

 

Results:

Overall, 34.8% said they would like to drink less in the following 12 months and 7.6% said they would like help to drink less. Online tools were the preferred source of support to reduce drinking by respondents from Australia, New Zealand, and the UK, those with low AUDIT scores and without a mental health condition. Specialist counselling was most preferred by those from Germany, Switzerland, and Denmark and those with high AUDIT scores, not educated to degree level and with a mental health condition.

 

Conclusion:

Interest in online interventions for harmful drinking is significant and highest among people who

drink at low risk. Online tools should offer brief screening and feedback, ensuring that people with high risk drinking patterns are referred to more specialist services.

Item Type:Article
Date:2019
Publisher:Science Direct
Volume:99
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Subjects:F Concepts in psychology > Attitude and behaviour > Behaviour
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Alcohol use
HA Screening, identification, and diagnostic method > Medical screening and diagnostic method
HJ Treatment method > Counselling
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Treatment and maintenance > Treatment factors
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Treatment and maintenance > Patient attitude toward treatment
N Communication, information and education > Communication > Communication / social media > Internet / online

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