The Importance of Alcohol Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment in Closing the Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment Gap
Decades of research have firmly established the importance of asking primary care patients about their alcohol use, providing brief advice about reducing alcohol misuse, and referring them to appropriate alcohol treatments, as necessary. Studies consistently find that these practices, known collectively as alcohol screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment, can be used effectively by providers across the health care spectrum to prevent or reduce alcohol misuse among their patients.
News From the Field
Alcohol and Other Substance Use To Cope With Social Anxiety
Using alcohol to cope with social anxiety is associated with increased substance use and more consequences among young adults, according to a study by National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism-supported researchers.
Major Update to Popular Alcohol Facts and Statistics Resource
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has released a major update to the Alcohol Facts and Statistics webpage.
A Closer Look
Enhancing Diversity in the Alcohol Research Workforce: NIAAA-supported MOSAIC Scholars
Enhancing diversity in the alcohol research workforce is an important priority of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). One way that NIAAA pursues this objective is through support of the Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers program, established and led by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.
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Bridget Williams-Simmons, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Basic Research and Director of the Office of Science Policy and Communications, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism