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.
- General Hospital
- randomized controlled trial
McQueen, J., Howe, T. E., Ballinger, C., & Godwin, J. (2015). Effectiveness of alcohol brief intervention in a general hospital: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of studies on alcohol and drugs, 76(6), 838–844. https://doi.org/10.15288/jsad.2015.76.838