8.2. Implementing the Evidence base

  1. Hamid Ghodse2,
  2. Helen Herrman3,
  3. Mario Maj4 and
  4. Norman Sartorius5
  1. Duncan Raistrick

Published Online: 18 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470975084.ch14

Substance Abuse Disorders

Substance Abuse Disorders

How to Cite

Raistrick, D. (2009) Implementing the Evidence base, in Substance Abuse Disorders (eds H. Ghodse, H. Herrman, M. Maj and N. Sartorius), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470975084.ch14

Editor Information

  1. 2

    International Centre for Drug Policy, St George's University of London, London, UK

  2. 3

    Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

  3. 4

    Department of Psychiatry, University of Naples SUN, Naples, Italy

  4. 5

    Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes, Geneva, Switzerland

Author Information

  1. Leeds Addiction Unit, 2150 Century Way, Thorpe Park, Leeds LS15 8ZB, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 18 MAR 2009

Book Series:

  1. World Psychiatric Association Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Helen Herrman

Series Editor Information

  1. WPA Secretary for Publications, University of Melbourne, Australia

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470745106

Online ISBN: 9780470975084



  • implementing evidence base - to inform public policy, choice of treatment strategies;
  • impact of alcohol, varying - across geographical regions;
  • policy makers, not being scientists - more as, service political machines;
  • politicians, worrying less on - long-term health of population, if science is vague on this;
  • government's response, weak population-level measures - demonizing drinkers as ‘the alcoholic’, ‘the binge drinker’ or ‘the young person’;
  • brief interventions – and increasing interest in its use;
  • brief interventions, a secondary prevention measure - impacting population levels;
  • Project Match in United States, or UK Alcohol Treatment Trial - comparing interventions;
  • specialist services, and outcomes - from treatment, a requirement of funding;
  • implementation of evidence-based policy - in conflict with political expediencies


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