Drug and Alcohol findings, a project that aims to bridge the gap between research and practice, has released a series of bulletins focusing on learnings relating to alcohol Screening and Brief Interventions in the UK.
Study of efficacy of drinking and drug use screening and interventions - the review examines whether widespread screening and brief intervention for illegal drug use (as well as heavy drinking) could be effectively implemented in a variety of general medical settings. Findings showed positive indications but with some issues in need of consideration.
Review of National Audit Office (NAO) findings on alcohol treatment and services - this bulletin gives an overview of the recent NAO report highlighting that cost efficacy of screening and brief interventions as well as the remaining discrepancy between the treatment spend per dependent drinker as opposed to dependent drug user - £197 v. £1744. For an Alcohol Policy review of the NAO review see here.
An examination of the effectiveness and cost efficacy of primary care interventions has also been produced as a bulletin, further building the evidence base whilst highlighting some key barriers to implementation.
You can subscribe to the Drug and Alcohol findings Effectiveness Bank bulletins here.