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Identification and brief advice could reduce alcohol harm, survey says

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1595 (Published 19 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1595
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

    Doctors and nurses tend to underestimate the effectiveness of identification and brief advice (IBA) in reducing alcohol consumption, according to a survey commissioned by the Department of Health.

    IBA involves giving simple advice to people drinking at increasing or higher risk levels who may not be consulting for an alcohol related problem. IBA used to be known as screening and brief interventions.

    “Increasing risk drinkers” are defined as men who regularly drink more than three to four units a day and women who regularly drink more than two to three units a day. “Higher risk drinkers” are defined as men who regularly drink more than eight units a day or more than 50 units of alcohol a week and women …

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