Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Show Summary Details
In This Section

Slovenian Journal of Public Health

The Journal of National Institute of Public Health

4 Issues per year


IMPACT FACTOR 2016: 0.429

CiteScore 2016: 0.26

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2015: 0.232
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2015: 0.215

Open Access
Online
ISSN
1854-2476
See all formats and pricing
In This Section
Volume 50, Issue 1 (Jan 2011)

The case for extended brief interventions

Nick Heather
  • Department of Psychology, School of Life Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Published Online: 2011-01-17 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10152-010-0023-8

The case for extended brief interventions

Brief interventions directed against hazardous and harmful drinking have become popular in recent years, both among researchers and, to some extent, among general practitioners and other health professionals. There is a strong evidence-base, at least in primary health care, to justify this popularity. But there is often confusion about what exactly alcohol brief intervention consists of. In fact, the term ‘brief intervention’ does not describe a single, well-defined activity but rather a family of interventions that differ in a range of ways. Although they all share the characteristics of being briefer than most formal treatment programmes for alcohol problems and of being aimed at drinkers with less severe problems and levels of dependence than those typically attending specialized treatment services, brief interventions differ among themselves in duration over time, number of scheduled sessions, procedures and accompanying materials, styles of interaction, delivery personnel and settings, and the underlying theoretical approach on which they are based.

Razlogi za uporabo kratkih intervencij

Keywords: extended brief interventions

  • Anderson, P., & Baumberg, B. (2006). Alcohol in Europe: A Public Health Perspective - A Report for the European Commission. London: Institute of Alcohol Studies.

  • Anderson, P., & Scott, E. (1992). The effect of general practitioners' advice to heavy drinking men. British Journal of Addiction, 87, 891-900.

  • Babor, T. F. (1996). A cross-national trial of brief interventions with heavy drinkers. American Journal of Public Health, 86, 948-955.

  • Babor, T., & Higgins-Biddle, J. (2001). Brief Intervention for Hazardous and Harmful Drinking. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organisation.

  • Ballesteros, J., Duffy, J. C., Querejeta, I., Arino, J., & Gonzalez-Pinto, A. (2004). Efficacy of brief interventions for hazarous drinkers in primary caređ: systematic review and meta-analysis. Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, 28(4), 608-618. [Crossref]

  • Burke, B. L., Arkowitz, H., & Dunn, C. (2002). The efficacy of motivational interviewing and its adaptations: what we know so far. In W. R. Miller & S. Rollnick (Eds.), Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People for Change (2nd ed., pp. 217-250). New York NY: Guilford.

  • Carey, K., Scott-Sheldon, L., Carey, M., & DeMartini, K. (2007). Individual-level interventions to reduce college student drinking: a meta-analytic review. Addictive Behaviors, 32, 2469-2494. [Web of Science]

  • Coulton, S., Perryman, K., Bland, M., Cassidy, P., Crawford, M., DeLuca, P., et al. (2009). Screening and brief interventions for hazardous alcohol use in accident and emergency departments: a randomised controlled trial protocol. BMC Health Services Research, 9, 114.

  • Crawford, M. J., Patton, R., Touquet, R., Drummond, C., Byford, S., Barrett, B., et al. (2004). Screening and referral for brief intervention of alcohol-misusing patients in an emergency department: a pragmatic randomised controlled trial. Lancet, 364, 1334-1339.

  • Fleming, M. F., Barry, K. L., Manwell, L. B., Johnson, K., & London, R. (1997). Brief physician advice for problem alcohol drinkers: a randomized controlled trial in community-based primary care practices. Journal of the American Medical Association, 277, 1039-1045.

  • Harvard, A., Shakeshaft, A. P., & Sanson-Fisher, R. (2008). Systematic review and meta-analysis of strategies targeting alcohol problems in emergency departments: interventions to reduce alcohol-related injuries. Addiction, 103, 368-376. [Web of Science]

  • Heather, N. (1995). Interpreting the evidence on brief interventions for excessive drinkers: the need for caution. Alcohol & Alcoholism, 30, 287-296.

  • Heather, N. & Kaner, E. (2010) (Eds.) Special Issue on Alcohol Brief Interventions: Breaking New Ground. Drug & Alcohol Review, 29, 581-688. [Web of Science]

  • Heather, N., Campion, P. D., Neville, R. G., & MacCabe, D. (1987). Evaluation of a controlled drinking minimal intervention for problem drinkers in general practice (The DRAMS Scheme). Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners, 37, 358-363.

  • Heather, N., Rollnick, S., Bell, A., & Richmond, R. (1996). Effectiveness of brief counselling among male heavy drinkers identified on general hospital wards. Drug and Alcohol Review, 15, 29-38.

  • Holloway, A., Watson, H., Arthur, A., Starr, G., McFadyen, A., & McIntosh, J. (2007). The effect of brief intervention on alcohhol consumption among heavy drinkers in a general hospital setting. Addiction, 102, 1762-1770.

  • Israel, Y., Hollander, O., Sanchez-Craig, M., Booker, S., Miller, V., Gingrich, R., et al. (1996). Screening for problem drinking and counseling by the primary care physician-nurse team. Alcoholism, Clinical & Experimental Research, 20(8), 1443-1450. [Crossref]

  • Kaner, E. (2010). NICE work if you can get it: development of national guidance incorporating screening and brief intervention to prevent hazardous and harmful drinking in England. Drug & Alcohol Review, 29, 589-595. [Web of Science]

  • Kaner, E., Bland, M., Cassidy, P., Coulton, S., Crawford, M., DeLuca, P., et al. (2009). Screening and brief interventions for hazardous and harmful alcohol use in primary care: a randomised controlled trial protocol. BMC Public Health, 9, 287.

  • Kaner, E., Dickinson, H., Beyer, F., Pienaar, E., Schlesinger, C., Campbell, F., et al. (2009). The effectiveness of brief alcohol interventions in primary care settings: a systematic review. Drug & Alcohol Review, 28, 301-323. [Web of Science]

  • Kaner, E., Newbury-Birch, D., & Heather, N. (2009). Brief intervention. In P. Miller (Ed.), Evidence-based Addiction Treatment (pp. 189-213). Burlington VT: Academic Press.

  • Lundhal, B., Kunz, C., Brownell, C., Tollefson, D., & Burke, B. (2010). A meta-analysis of motivational interviewing: twenty-five years of empirical studies. Research on Social Work Practice, 20, 137-160. [Web of Science]

  • McQueen, J., Howe, T., Allan, L., & Mains, D. (2009). Brief interventions for heavy alcohol users admitted to general hospital wards. Cochrane Review. Chichester: Wiley.

  • Miller, W. R., & Rollnick, S. (1991). Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People to Change Addictive Behavior. New York NY: Guilford.

  • Miller, W. R., & Rollnick, S. (2002). Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People for Change (2nd ed.). New York NY: Guilford.

  • Miller, W., Zweben, A., DiClemente, C., & Rychtarik, R. (1992). Motivational Enhancement Therapy Manual: A Clinical Guide for Therapists Treating Individuals with Alcohol Abuse and Dependence. Rockville MD: Alcohol, Drug Abuse & Mental Health Administration, US Department of Health & Human Services

  • Moyer, A., Finney, J., Swearingen, C., & Vergun, P. (2002). Brief Interventions for alcohol problems: a meta-analytic review of controlled investigations in treatment -seeking and non-treatment seeking populations. Addiction, 97, 279-292.

  • National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. (2010). Alcohol Use Disorders: Preventing the Development of Hazardous and Harmful Drinking (No. Nice Public Health Guidance 24). London: Author.

  • Newbury-Birch, D., Bland, M., Cassidy, P., Coulton, S., Deluca, P., Drummond, C., et al. (2009). Screening and brief interventions for hazardous and harmful alcohol use in probation services: a cluster randomised controlled trial protocol. BMC Public Health, 9, 418.

  • Poikolainen, K. (1999). Effectiveness of brief interventions to reduce alcohol intake in primary health care populations: a meta-analysis. Preventive Medicine, 28, 503-509.

  • Prochaska, J., & DiClemente, C. C. (1986). Towards a comprehensive model of change. In W. Miller & N. Heather (Eds.), Treating Addictive Behaviours: Processes of Change (pp. 3-27). New York: Plenum Press.

  • Raistrick, D., Heather, N., & Godfrey, C. (2006). Review of the Effectiveness of Treatment for Alcohol Problems. London: National Treatment Agency.

  • Richmond, R., Heather, N., Wodak, A., Kehoe, L., & Webster, I. (1995). Controlled evaluation of a general practice-based brief intervention for excessive drinking. Addiction, 90, 119-132.

  • Rollnick, S., Heather, N., & Bell, A. (1992). Negotiating behaviour change in medical settings: the development of brief motivational interviewing. Journal of Mental Health, 1, 25-37.

  • Rollnick, S., Mason, P., & Butler, C. (1999). Health Behavior Change: A Guide for Practitioners. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.

  • Rollnick, S., Miller, W., & Butler, C. (2008). Motivational Interviewing in Health Care: Helping Patients Change. New York: Guilford Press.

  • Saunders, J. B., Aasland, O. G., Babor, T. F., de la Fuente, J. R., & Grant, M. (1993). Development of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT): WHO Collaborative Project on Early Detection of Persons with Harmful Alcohol Consumption-II. Addiction, 88(6), 791-804. [Crossref]

  • Silagy, C., & Stead, L. (2003). Physician advice for smoking cessation (Cochrane Review). Chichester: Wiley.

  • Wallace, P., Cutler, S., & Haines, A. (1988). Randomized controlled trial of general practitioner intervention with excessive alcohol consumption. British Medical Journal, 297, 663-668.

About the article


Published Online: 2011-01-17

Published in Print: 2011-01-01



Citation Information: Slovenian Journal of Public Health, ISSN (Online) 1854-2476, ISSN (Print) 0351-0026, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10152-010-0023-8. Export Citation

This content is open access.

Comments (0)

Please log in or register to comment.
Log in