Innovative approaches to intervention for problem drinking

Kypri, Kypros, Sitharthan, Thiagarajan, Cunningham, John A., Kavanagh, David J., & Dean, Johanna I. (2005) Innovative approaches to intervention for problem drinking. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 18(3), pp. 229-234.

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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.

Summary: There is strong support among potential users for 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 face-to-face health service delivery.

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ID Code: 28713
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Alcohol, Computer, Correspondence, Internet, Intervention, Screening, Telephone
ISSN: 0951-7367
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Deposited On: 19 Nov 2009 00:22
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:10

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