Brief interventions for alcohol misuse

Prim Care. 2011 Mar;38(1):105-123. doi: 10.1016/j.pop.2010.11.008.


Alcohol misuse harms individuals and society with massive biopsychosocial and economic consequences: decreased worker productivity, increased unintentional injuries, aggression and violence against others, and child and spouse abuse. The US Preventive Services Task Force recommends brief interventions for reducing alcohol misuse by adults, including pregnant women. Systematic methods of screening and delivering brief interventions are needed in health care settings.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alcoholism / diagnosis*
  • Alcoholism / drug therapy
  • Alcoholism / therapy
  • Communication
  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening
  • Motivation
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Primary Health Care / methods
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Reduction Behavior
  • Risk-Taking
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Time Factors