Brief Intervention in the Workplace for Heavy Drinkers

Source: Alcohol & Alcoholism, 2015, 50 (2), p157-63

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Date of publication: March, 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study finds that brief intervention in the workplace is effective for increasing the number of alcohol-free days. However, the effectiveness on decreasing alcohol consumption was unclear, which could be explained by alcohol screening itself causing a reduction in drinking.

Length of publication: 7 page journal article

An evaluation of The Nottinghamshire Alcohol Related Long Term Condition Team

Source: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

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Date of publication: April, 2015

Publication type: Best Practice

In a nutshell: This is an example of good practice as part of Alcohol Concerns Blue Light Project. The team works with change resistant drinkers and  has shown to improve the personal experience of patients, and reduced burden on informal carers. In addition, the team has saved £360,000 in healthcare costs alone in just one year.

Length of publication: 28 page report.

Some important notes: A news item can be accessed here and more information about the Blue Light Project can be accessed here and a training manual can be accessed here.

Acknowledgement: Alcohol Policy UK

Tackling Harmful Alcohol Use: Economics and Public Health Policy

Source: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

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Date of publication: May, 2015

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: Harmful drinking is on the rise among young people and women in many OECD countries, partly due to alcohol becoming more available, more affordable and more effectively advertised, according to this new report. It provides a detailed examination of trends and social disparities in alcohol consumption.

Length of publication: 240 page report

Some important notes: A press release can be accessed hereAn 8 page policy brief can be accessed here, UK specific findings can be accessed here and other related documents can be accessed here.

Acknowledgement: Alcohol Policy UK

Alcohol brief interventions practice following training for multidisciplinary health and social care teams

Source: Drug and Alcohol Review, 2015, 34 (2), p185-193

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Date of publication: March, 2015

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In a nutshell: This qualitative interview study sought to explore the impact of training on alcohol brief interventions (ABI) delivery by staff from a variety of health and social care teams. It found that very few practitioners reported delivery of any ABIs following training primarily because they felt ABIs to be inappropriate for their clients.  This study concluded that identified barriers to ABI delivery included issues relating to individual practitioners, their teams, current practice and the ABI model.

Length of publication: 9 page report

Some important notes: Further information can be found by clicking here.

A critical review of public health interventions aimed at reducing alcohol consumption and/or increasing knowledge among pregnant women

Source: Drug and Alcohol Review, 2015, 34 (2), p154-161

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Date of publication: March, 2015

Publication type: Systematic review

In a nutshell: The results of this critical review emphasise a lack of evidence and highlight the need for further evaluation research on this topic.

Length of publication: 8 page systematic review

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Life course trajectories of alcohol consumption in the United Kingdom

Source: BMC Medicine 2015, 13:47 

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Date of publication: March, 2015

Publication type: Research article

In a nutshell: This study concludes that having a better understanding of how drinking changes with age may help design intervention strategies.

Length of publication: 9 page research article

Some important notes: Further information can be found by clicking here.

Acknowledgement: Alcohol Policy UK