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  • Title: Effectiveness of general practice interventions for patients with harmful alcohol consumption.
    Author: Anderson P.
    Journal: Br J Gen Pract; 1993 Sep; 43(374):386-9. PubMed ID: 8251237.
    Harmful alcohol consumption can have severe consequences for both the individual and society. A review of the six published studies on the effectiveness of general practitioner interventions for individuals with harmful alcohol consumption suggests that between five and 10 minutes of advice leads to reductions of alcohol consumption of around 25-35% at follow up six months or one year later. Two of the three studies which failed to demonstrate an intervention effect had inadequate sample sizes and in two of the studies the control group was a comparison group which received minimal advice to reduce alcohol consumption. There was greater evidence for an intervention effect among men than women. The methodological problems of the studies are discussed.
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