Innovative approaches to intervention for problem drinking

Kypri, Kypros, Sitharthan, Thiagarajan, Cunningham, John A., Kavanagh, David J. and Dean, Johanna I. (2005) Innovative approaches to intervention for problem drinking. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 18 3: 229-234. doi:10.1097/01.yco.0000165591.75681.ab

Author Kypri, Kypros
Sitharthan, Thiagarajan
Cunningham, John A.
Kavanagh, David J.
Dean, Johanna I.
Title Innovative approaches to intervention for problem drinking
Journal name Current Opinion in Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0951-7367
Publication date 2005-05-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1097/01.yco.0000165591.75681.ab
Volume 18
Issue 3
Start page 229
End page 234
Total pages 6
Editor D. J. Kupfer
N. Sartorius
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Language eng
Subject 321021 Psychiatry
730211 Mental health
Formatted abstract
Purpose of review:
To critique the recent literature on telephone, correspondence-based, and computerized interventions for alcohol problems, which enhance or substitute for practitioner-delivered treatments.

Recent findings:

There is an unmet need for screening, assessment and intervention for alcohol problems, in part because of the difficulty in accessing such treatment within the current health care system. Research on the efficacy of correspondence or electronic (for example Internet-based) interventions is beginning to emerge. In the period 2003 - 2004 we identified nine acceptability or feasibility studies of these approaches and seven efficacy trials covering a wide range of settings. These modes of intervention are acceptable to patients and the public, and with careful planning, can be implemented in a variety of settings. Treatment trials demonstrate the efficacy of these interventions in reducing hazardous drinking by university students, in delaying initiation of heavy drinking in children and adolescents, and, intriguingly, in addressing insomnia among recovering alcoholics.

There is strong support among potential users of alcohol interventions that employ telephone assistance, written correspondence, and the Internet. These new technologies offer the prospect of increasing the reach of interventions for problem drinking and being cost-effective alternatives or supplements to fact-to-face health service delivery.
Keyword Alcohol
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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