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Keywords:

  • England;
  • alcohol;
  • identification;
  • screening;
  • brief advice;
  • primary care

Abstract

Screening and brief interventions form a vital plank in England's plans to reduce alcohol-related harm. This article clarifies the use of terminology in England to describe various drinking categories and screening and brief interventions. It details efforts to implement these interventions, including recent incentive packages that have been put in place to encourage primary care to implement these interventions. It describes the Screening and Intervention Programme for Sensible Drinking research program that is underway to clarify tools and methods to introduce and support these interventions.[Lavoie D. Alcohol identification and brief advice in England: A major plank in alcohol harm reduction policy. Drug Alcohol Rev 2010;29;608–611]