Practices and Attitudes of General Practitioners in the delivery of Alcohol Brief Interventions in Scotland

Practices and Attitudes of General Practitioners in the delivery of Alcohol Brief Interventions in Scotland

This report was produced with the aim of contributing to the refresh of ‘Changing Scotland’s Relationship with Alcohol: A Framework for Action’, the Scottish Government’s strategic approach to tackling alcohol misuse in Scotland.

Recommendations

  • National ABI programme should continue.
  • Appropriate funding to support ABI infrastructure, time- appropriate delivery and monitoring outcomes.
  • Maintain standardised ABI education programmes that consider intensive motivational behaviour change techniques.
  • Implementation of evidence-based ‘upstream’ population-wide public health policies that address social determinants of alcohol-related harm.
  • Legislation to address price, availability and marketing of alcohol are required.
  • Support the use of social prescribing to complement ABI delivery.
  • Invest in research to formally evaluate the ABI programme and its outcomes: establish a profile of those receiving ABIs, measure the quality & fidelity of interventions delivered and evidence the impact on health and non-health outcomes.
 
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Created Date: 15th Apr 2017
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