- Title Pages
- List of Abbreviations
- List of Contributors
- Chapter 1 Historical evolution of alcohol consumption in society
- Chapter 2 Key studies of alcohol and disease
- Chapter 3 Cultural aspects: representations of alcohol use in visual art
- Chapter 4 Cultural aspects: illustrations of alcohol use in literature
- Chapter 5 Cultural aspects: alcohol use in film
- Chapter 6 Sociocultural aspects of alcohol consumption
- Chapter 7 Chemistry of alcoholic beverages
- Chapter 8 Alcohol metabolism and genetic control
- Chapter 9 Implications of the genetics of alcoholism and addictions for public policy
- Chapter 10 Pathophysiology of alcohol addiction
- Chapter 11 Opioid pharmacogenetics of alcohol addiction
- Chapter 12 Tools for estimating alcohol consumption
- Chapter 13 A global overview of alcohol consumption patterns
- Chapter 14 Impact of extreme drinking on mortality
- Chapter 15 Unrecorded alcohol consumption
- Chapter 16 Adolescent and teenage drinking
- Chapter 17 Gender and alcohol: consumption and consequences
- Chapter 18 Alcohol use in the elderly
- Chapter 19 Alcohol consumption and injury
- Chapter 20 Alcohol and road traffic injury
- Chapter 21 Alcohol and suicide
- Chapter 22 Alcohol and intimate partner violence
- Chapter 23 Alcohol and crime
- Chapter 24 Alcohol and carcinogenesis: mechanisms and biomarkers
- Chapter 25 Upper aerodigestive tumours: mouth, pharynx, larynx, and oesophagus
- Chapter 26 Gastrointestinal tumours
- Chapter 27 Liver and pancreatic tumours
- Chapter 28 Alcohol consumption and breast cancer risk
- Chapter 29 Bladder and genitourinary tumours
- Chapter 30 Cardiac disease
- Chapter 31 Vascular disease
- Chapter 32 Benign diseases of the gastrointestinal tract
- Chapter 33 Liver disease
- Chapter 34 Pancreatitis
- Chapter 35 Diabetes
- Chapter 36 Neurological and mental disorders
- Chapter 37 Infectious disease
- Chapter 38 Alcohol and pregnancy: fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and the fetal alcohol syndrome
- Chapter 39 Screening of high-risk drinkers
- Chapter 40 Brief intervention: does it work?
- Chapter 41 Drug therapy: reviewing the evidence
- Chapter 42 The private sector and public policy: can they be reconciled?
- Chapter 43 Impact of alcohol on poverty and the need for appropriate policy
- Chapter 44 Control of alcohol availability: historical and current policies and their effects
- Chapter 45 Taxation and price control
- Chapter 46 Alcohol control measures and traffic safety
- Chapter 47 Public information and education campaigns
- Chapter 48 Towards a global alcohol policy: current directions
Brief intervention: does it work?
Brief intervention: does it work?
- (p.325) Chapter 40 Brief intervention: does it work?
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There is a clear need for an effective preventive intervention to help reduce excessive drinking in a large sector of society and covering a range of drinking patterns. In public health terms, the focus is on a secondary preventive approach which aims to detect alcohol problems at an early stage, when they are most amenable to adjustment, and then intervene to promote positive behaviour change. This chapter discusses brief alcohol intervention, which refers to the use of structured, talk-based advice or counselling which is aimed at reducing drinking behaviour. Most often, brief intervention aims to reduce drinking to lower risk levels rather than achieve abstinence from alcohol. Brief intervention can also be accompanied by additional components such as information leaflets, drinking diaries, web-based resources, and booster sessions to reinforce the initial brief intervention activity.
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