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Brief interventions don't work for inpatients with alcohol problems

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 15 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:336

Problem drinking is extremely common, and there's some evidence that brief counselling from a healthcare professional can help. So US researchers were disappointed when their opportunistic counselling failed to encourage medical inpatients to seek treatment or reduce their excessive alcohol consumption.

The randomised trial included 341 medical inpatients who …

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