The public health and brief interventions for excessive alcohol consumption: the British experience

Addict Behav. Nov-Dec 1996;21(6):857-68. doi: 10.1016/0306-4603(96)00040-8.


Widely disseminated brief interventions against excessive drinking, as part of the new public health movement, have a potentially crucial role in reducing alcohol-related harm on a national scale. However, a number of conceptual problems and practical barriers to progress in this area can already be identified. This article focuses on the British experience of research and implementation of community-based brief interventions, which is longer than that of other countries, as a means of discussing these problems. Rather than being pessimistic about the possible impact of brief interventions, the article is based on the assumption that it is only by clearly recognizing and solving such problems that the potential of brief interventions in the alcohol field will be fully realized.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alcoholism / psychology
  • Alcoholism / rehabilitation*
  • Community Mental Health Services
  • Humans
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Patient Care Team
  • Primary Health Care
  • Psychotherapy, Brief*
  • Public Health*
  • Recurrence
  • State Medicine
  • United Kingdom