Controlled evaluation of a general practice-based brief intervention for excessive drinking
Article first published online: 24 JAN 2006
Volume 90, Issue 1, pages 119–132, January 1995
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RICHMOND, R., HEATHER, N., WODAK, A., KEHOE, L. and WEBSTER, I. (1995), Controlled evaluation of a general practice-based brief intervention for excessive drinking. Addiction, 90: 119–132. doi: 10.1046/j.1360-0443.1995.90111915.x
- Issue published online: 24 JAN 2006
- Article first published online: 24 JAN 2006
In a controlled evaluation of general practitioner (GP)-based brief intervention, 378 excessive drinkers identified opportunistically by screening in 40 group practices in metropolitan Sydney were assigned to groups receiving: (i) a five-session intervention by the GP (the Alcoholscreen Program); (ii) a single session of 5 minutes' advice by the GP plus a self-help manual (minimal intervention); (iii) an alcohol-related assessment but no intervention; (iv) neither intervention nor assessment. Among all patients allocated to receive it, the Alcoholscreen Program did not result in a significantly greater reduction in consumption at follow-up than control conditions but patients offered Alcoholscreen reported a significantly greater reduction in alcohol-related problems in the period to 6 months follow-up. A greater proportion of patients who returned for the second Alcoholscreen visit were drinking below recommended levels at follow-up than in the remainder of the sample. There was no evidence that minimal intervention or alcohol-related assessment were effective in reducing alcohol consumption or problems. Implications for further research into GP-based brief interventions are discussed.