Early intervention for hazardous drinking in the general hospital

Alcohol Alcohol Suppl. 1991:1:477-9.


Male medical in-patients were screened by interview. Those revealing alcohol-related problems or excessive consumption reaching a criterion were allocated at random either to no intervention or to brief counselling and a booklet (n = 156). Follow-up (n = 134) by a blind interviewer after one year with blood tests revealed significantly greater improvement in problem scores and gamma GT (n = 124) in the intervention group than controls and a significantly greater number of cases who reached a criterion of definite improvement confirmed by blood test or relative's information. Patients were in hospital for conditions which may or may not have been alcohol-related. The screening was brief. The intervention was motivational and behavioural. The medical context was believed to be important.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Alcohol Drinking*
  • Alcoholism / prevention & control*
  • Alcoholism / rehabilitation*
  • Counseling*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Hospitals, General
  • Humans
  • Inpatients
  • Male
  • Pamphlets*
  • Scotland