Navigation Links
Brief Chat With ER Docs Can Curb Problem Drinking
Date:1/4/2008

In study, 10 minutes of counseling helped people cut down on excessive alcohol use

FRIDAY, Jan. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Even a little counseling on the dangers of alcohol abuse by an emergency room doctor or nurse can help problem drinkers cut back by at least three drinks a week, new research shows.

Researchers trained emergency room staff in a standard alcohol-use screening and counseling tool, then applied it to almost 7,800 emergency patients in 14 university-based emergency centers around the United States.

They found that more than one in four men reported drinking more than four drinks per day, and the same number of women reported consuming three or more drinks per day. That's the standard below which people are considered low-risk drinkers, as defined by the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Of those patients who drank more than those limits, more than 1,100 agreed to participate in the study. They were then randomly assigned to receive either a one-on-one interview, following the Brief Negotiated Interview (BNI) protocol, with an emergency room doctor or nurse about alcohol use and abuse, or a pamphlet explaining low-risk drinking and listing local alcohol treatment providers. Those patients who received one-on-one counseling were also given the pamphlet.

"The BNI, a conversation between emergency-care providers and patients that involves listening rather than telling, and guiding rather than directing, is designed to review the patient's current drinking patterns, assess their readiness to change, offer advice about the low-risk guidelines and the next steps to pursue, and negotiate a written prescription for change or a drinking agreement with the patient," study co-author Dr. Edward Bernstein, professor and vice chair for academic affairs in the department of emergency medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, said in a prepared statement. The interview typically takes less than 10 minutes.

The research team followed up with the participants after three months to find out whether they had changed their drinking habits. Those who went through the 10-minute interview reported drinking three fewer drinks per week than those who merely received a pamphlet; more than one in three people who were counseled one-on-one reported drinking at low-risk levels, compared with one in five of the participants who were given an informational pamphlet.

The results are published in the December edition of the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

"These new findings underscore the importance of using the American Medical Association health-care codes for substance abuse screening and brief intervention," study co-author Terry Cline, administrator of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, said in a prepared statement.

The American Medical Association develops codes for health services which are used to report procedures to public and private health insurance programs. In January, new codes will allow physicians to report services they provide to screen patients for alcohol problems and to provide a behavioral intervention for high-risk drinking.

"Using these new codes will increase the likelihood that an estimated 18.8 million Americans with serious alcohol abuse problems will receive effective intervention services that could possibly save their lives and promote well-being," said Cline.

More information

To learn more about alcohol abuse visit the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.



-- Madeline Vann



SOURCE: U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, news release, Dec. 26, 2007


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Brief intervention helps emergency patients reduce drinking
2. Reminder: Exelixis Announces December 10 Webcast of Its Analyst and Investor Briefing in Conjunction with The American Society Of Hematology 48th Annual Meeting
3. DuPont Group Vice President Briefs Investors on Performance Materials Segment
4. Exelixis Announces December 10 Webcast of Its Analyst and Investor Briefing in Conjunction With The American Society of Hematology 48th Annual Meeting
5. News briefs from the November issue of Chest
6. National physician organization supports Capps-Rogers Bill at todays congressional briefing
7. Press briefings to address longevity, mobility, brain fitness at GSAs San Francisco meeting
8. Nephrologists summarize new renal research during public policy news briefing at Renal Week
9. Amicus Brief Filed with U.S. Supreme Court in Riegel v. Medtronic, Inc.
10. Audio Replay: Catholic Charities USAs Briefing on the Inextricable Link Between a Veto of SCHIP and Poverty in America
11. URAC Releases Issue Briefs Examining Stakeholders Views of Care Coordination Along the Healthcare Continuum
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/23/2017)... ... April 23, 2017 , ... ... announced the achievement of Cisco Select certification and SMB specialization. Altura is ... , In earning the Select Certification, Altura fulfilled the training and ...
(Date:4/22/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... April 22, ... ... Administration of Eastern Pennsylvania has named PROSHRED® Security of Philadelphia its ... Heron-Doerr, PROSHRED® Philadelphia specializes in providing information destruction , recycling, ...
(Date:4/22/2017)... PA (PRWEB) , ... April 22, 2017 , ... ... experience to his role as Vice President of Sales and Business Development at ... key GPO/IDN business partner engagements, business development, and strategic planning for the company. ...
(Date:4/21/2017)... ... 21, 2017 , ... An April 10 article in the Daily ... reveal a great deal about prehistoric ice-age dental practitioners and their primitive and, no ... to remove decayed dental matter, and that teeth were then filled with bitumen, a ...
(Date:4/21/2017)... ... ... The staff at Palm Beach Face is proud to announce that their practice founder, ... to take place on April 23rd, the London Marathon has a long tradition of raising ... of team EMPOWER, raising money for the international charity, Smile Train. , Started ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/20/2017)... 20, 2017 Eyevensys, a private ... non-viral gene expression technology that enables the safe, local, ... address a wide range of ophthalmic diseases, announces it ... products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to advance its technology into ... ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... Corporation (TSX: CRH) (NYSE MKT: CRHM) (the "Company"), announces that it will ... at the Sheraton Hotel in Toronto, Ontario . ... Company is scheduled to present on Tuesday, May 2 at 10:00 ... of the Board, Tony Holler will also attend the ... For more details about ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... 2017  IRIDEX Corporation (Nasdaq: IRIX ) ... the first quarter 2017 after the close of trading ... will host a corresponding conference call beginning at 2:30 ... interested in listening to the conference call may do ... (703) 326-3030 for international callers, using conference ID: 92158987.  ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: