Effectiveness of alcohol brief intervention in a general hospital: a randomized controlled trial

Jean McQueen, Tracey E. Howe, Claire Ballinger, Jon Godwin

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of an alcohol brief intervention (ABI) on alcohol consumption in hazardous or harmful drinkers compared with screening alone within a general hospital setting. Following screening, 124 hazardous or harmful drinkers (103 men, ages 18–80 years, score of 3–12 on the Fast Alcohol Screening Test [FAST]) admitted to medical and orthopedic wards during the 13-month recruitment period were randomized to receive an ABI or control. The intervention group received an ABI where they were supported to set their own personalized alcohol reduction goals, and both groups received a health information leaflet. Retrospective alcohol consumption for 7 days was reported for the week, before hospital admission and 6 months after it.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)838–844
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of studies on alcohol and drugs
Volume76
Issue number6
Early online date18 Nov 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • alcohol
  • General Hospital
  • intervention
  • randomized controlled trial

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