Alcohol intervention

Since I’m never quite sure how to handle brief intervention strategies for patients opportunistically identified as drinking too much, I was very pleased to see this study showing that in fact I have to do very little. This study into patients identified by the alcohol use disorders identification test as possibly having a drinking problem showed that simply telling them this result and giving them an information leaflet worked just as well as giving them five minutes of advice or twenty minutes of lifestyle counselling. (The study didn’t include a group who didn’t receive any intervention, so there’s no telling whether the leaflet did anything useful, although I gather other studies have looked into this.) One less hassle.

(BMJ 2013;346:e8501)

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