Effectiveness of Brief Alcohol Interventions in Primary Care Populations

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Systematic Review

Source: The Cochrane Collaborative

Last Reviewed: Feburary 2018

In this Cochrane systematic review, the Cochrane Collaborative found that brief interventions can reduce harmful drinking better than minimal or no intervention. These interventions were for people who were in primary care settings for reasons other than alcohol treatment. They involved 5 or fewer sessions of advice or lifestyle counseling that lasted less than 60 minutes total. Researchers found that counseling that continues for a longer period of time probably has little additional effect on reducing harmful drinking.

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Kaner, E.F.S., Beyer, F.R., Muirhead, C., Campbell, F., Pienaar, E.D., Bertholet, N., Daeppen, J.B., Saunders, J.B. & Burnand, B. (2018). Effectiveness of brief alcohol interventions in primary care populations. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2018 (2). DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004148.pub4.