Screening and behavioral counseling interventions in primary care to reduce alcohol misuse: recommendation statement

Ann Intern Med. 2004 Apr 6;140(7):554-6. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-140-7-200404060-00016.


This statement summarizes the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on behavioral counseling interventions to reduce alcohol misuse in primary care patients and updates the 1996 recommendations on this topic. The complete information on which this statement is based, including evidence tables and references, is available in the accompanying article in this issue and in the systematic evidence review on this topic. The complete USPSTF recommendation statement (which includes a brief review of the supporting evidence), the accompanying journal article, and the complete systematic evidence review are available through the USPSTF Web site ( The journal article and the USPSTF recommendation statement are available in print through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Publications Clearinghouse (telephone, 800-358-9295; e-mail,

Publication types

  • Guideline
  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alcoholism / prevention & control*
  • Behavior Therapy*
  • Counseling*
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening*
  • Primary Health Care / methods*