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More women drink at hazardous levels in England than Italy

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7091.1413 (Published 10 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1413
  1. Eileen F S Kaner, Research associatea,
  2. Catherine A Haighton, Research associatea,
  3. Brian R McAvoy, Head of schoola,
  4. Nick Heather, Consultant clinical psychologistb,
  5. Eilish Gilvarry, Consultant psychiatrist
  1. a Department of Primary Health Care, School of Health Sciences, Medical School, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4HH
  2. b Centre for Alcohol and Drug Studies, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6UR

    Editor—Marco Piccinelli and colleagues describe 482 patients who presented to 10 primary care clinics in Italy and completed the alcohol use disorders identification test.1 2 In England we are conducting a randomised controlled trial of methods to encourage the uptake and use by general practitioners of a brief alcohol intervention programme incorporating the alcohol use disorders identification test as its screening questionnaire. We have compared characteristics and drinking behaviour of primary care patients in Italy and England.

    In our study 128 general practitioners from northern England (one per practice) agreed to implement a brief intervention programme. …

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