Alcohol screening and brief intervention in primary care: Which way now?

Deborah Hutchings, Nick Heather, Emma Dallolio, Eileen Kaner, Catherine Lock, Paul Cassidy

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Excessive alcohol consumption is a major cause of health and social problems in the UK. Research has shown that alcohol-related problems are responsive to early identification and brief intervention in primary health care. However, primary health care professionals have generally been reluctant to implement alcohol screening and brief intervention into routine practice. Addressing this issue has been the latest focus of an ongoing World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborative Project. The present study (Phase IV) is concerned with the implementation of screening and brief intervention materials and procedures for widespread and routine use in primary health care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-33
Number of pages6
JournalDrugs and Alcohol Today
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2001
Externally publishedYes

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