Interventions for Preventing Injuries in Problem Drinkers
Description of Resource:
Drinking too much alcohol can be dangerous, and injuries are one of the most important ways in which excess alcohol use can result in harm. This systematic review assessed the effect of interventions for problem drinking on subsequent injury risk and identified 17 studies of programs that reported whether working with problem drinkers reduced injuries. Several different approaches were evaluated, the most common being brief counseling by health workers. The evidence from these studies suggests that action with problem drinkers is effective in reducing both injuries and events that lead to injury, such as falls, motor vehicle crashes, and suicide attempts. However, more research is needed to determine which type of program works best.