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Alcohol consumption can be reduced with brief medical interventions: study

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Short one-to-one discussions about alcohol consumption in a doctor’s office may reduce patients’ alcohol consumption, according to a study.

Results published in the journal Addiction reported that brief interventions, described as conversations lasting less than an hour and targeted to motivate changes in a patient’s risky drinking behavior, resulted in a one-day reduction in consumption per month.

“A reduction of one day of alcohol consumption per month may not seem like much, but small individual reductions can lead to a substantial reduction in harm at the population level,” said Emily Tanner-Smith, lead author and associate professor at the University of Oregon. a Press release posted on EurekAlert on Thursday.


The study authors noted that the results were inconclusive for brief interventions performed in emergency departments and trauma centers, but held effect when performed in general medical settings, as a primary care clinic.

“Brief interventions have been shown to help with many health problems,” Dr. DJ Moran, director of psychological services at the Long Island University (LIU) Post in New York City, told Fox News. not participated in the study. “Alcohol abuse can be influenced in primary care settings if the GP takes the time to do this type of intervention.”

Short one-to-one talks about alcohol use in a doctor’s office may reduce patients’ alcohol consumption, according to a new study.

According to the study, general medical settings may be ideal because they provide an important opportunity to screen for alcohol and drug use among patients of varying ages who do not seek treatment and who receive services at the clinic for a wide range of other medical conditions.

The study involved a systematic review and meta-analysis of data from 116 trials and 64,439 participants in total. He has studied the effectiveness of brief interventions for alcohol and other drug use delivered in various types of medical settings.

According to the authors, the process behind brief interventions involves screening patients to identify unhealthy use, followed by a focused discussion about the identified level of substance abuse before referral to treatment or other substance-related services.


“If effective, these interventions offer a potentially cost-effective method of addressing unhealthy substance use, particularly among patients who do not seek treatment,” the study authors wrote.

The report noted, however, that there was little evidence regarding the effects of brief drug-targeted interventions on drug use.

“Given their brevity, low cost, and minimal clinician effort, brief interventions may be a promising way to reduce alcohol consumption, one patient at a time,” Tanner-Smith wrote in the communicated.