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Evidence of what works

Background papers: Lifestyle and wider determinants :: Alcohol [Update in progress] :: Evidence of what works

There is a body of evidence around effectiveness in alcohol interventions including new guidance published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence: NICE public health guidance 24(2010) Alcohol use disorders: preventing the development of hazardous and harmful drinking. This guidance complements the previous PH7 guidance on school-based interventions on alcohol.

Review of the effectiveness of treatment for alcohol problemsRaistrick et al 2006 This outlines the evidence base for screening, brief interventions, less–intensive alcohol treatments, specialist treatment, detoxification and self help.

NICE guidance PH7 for alcohol NICE published School based alcohol interventions 2007 which describes the role of schools in education and brief advice to prevent alcohol misuse.

Other key guidance documents include: Models of Care for Alcohol Misusers (DH 2006) This provides best practice guidance for health organisations in delivering an integrated local treatment system and sets out a tiered approach for alcohol interventions

Signs for improvement: Commissioning interventions to reduce alcohol–related harm (DH 2009) This publication describes how organisations should be commissioning interventions to reduce alcohol–related harm. It includes some evidence base for the 7 high impact changes

Alcohol–Related Disease: Meeting the challenge of improved quality of care and better use of resources (Moriarty 2010)