An evaluation of a pilot study delivering Screening and Brief Interventions (SBIs) in a young people's sexual health service has shown positive results through a number of findings. The Place, in Sandyford, Glasgow and Clyde, piloted the scheme using a grant from AERC after a needs assessment showed alcohol was a significant factor for many of those attending the clinic.
The pilot used the TWEAK screening tool to identify young people who were offered a Brief Intervention following staff training and posters and materials had been distributed in the clinic. Young people were also asked to fill out questionairres on their alcohol consumption to reveal more about attitudes and knowldege of alcohol amongst service users. Findings included:
- 34% of respondents did not know about safe drinking units
- 48% drank at weekends; this included Friday and Saturday
- 41% did not know where to get help, advice and information about alcohol
- 59% knew a little or had some information about alcohol
Of particular note was that 74% of all young people screened (104 total) gave a screening score that indicated they were at risk of problem drinking and eligible for an intervention. Additionally the pilot found that a significant number of young people reported concerns over alcohol use in the family.
Download the full report here: Determining the effectiveness of alcohol screening and brief intervention approach in a young people's sexual health service by Patricia Keogh Addictions Worker, Pauline McGough Consultant in Sexual & Reproductive Health, Sandyford, Glasgow and Duncan Macfarlane Clinical Audit Facilitator, Clinical Governance Support Unit, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde