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Keywords:

  • alcohol consumption;
  • assessment;
  • brief interventions;
  • minimal interventions;
  • nurses;
  • problem drinkers

Minimal interventions for problem drinkers: a review of the literature

There is an increasing body of literature concerning the role in health promotion for nurses working in many health care settings. It has been argued that this role should include identifying those individuals whose life-style increases their risk of developing health problems, as well as providing appropriate advice and information. Life-style factors which may contribute to ill-health include problem drinking. This literature review presents a critique of studies of brief, or minimal, interventions for problem drinkers which have been conducted in both primary care and acute settings. The concept of minimal interventions is explored and the potential for nurses to assume a role in delivering such interventions is discussed.