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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 

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.

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Developed By: 
Cochrane Review
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Injury and Violence Prevention
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
Dinh-Zarr TB, Goss CW, Heitman E, Roberts IG, DiGuiseppi C. Interventions for preventing injuries in problem drinkers. Cochrane Database Syst Rev [Internet]. 2004 [cited 2017 Dec 29];(3). Art. No.: CD001857. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD001857.pub2. Available from: