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Peter Boyle, Paolo Boffetta, Albert B. Lowenfels, Harry Burns, Otis Brawley, Witold Zatonski, and Jürgen Rehm

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199655786

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655786.001.0001

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Brief intervention: does it work?

Brief intervention: does it work?

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(p.325) Chapter 40 Brief intervention: does it work?
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Alcohol
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Eileen Kaner

Amy O’Donnell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655786.003.0040

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.

Keywords:   alcohol consumption, drinking behaviour, counselling, preventive intervention, behaviour change

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