, March 27, 2009
– The American Public Health Association (APHA) is pleased to announce the release of a new publication entitled “Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention: A Guide for Public Health Practitioners.”
A joint publication of APHA and the Education Development Center, “Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention: A Guide for Public Health Practitioners,” is a manual for public health professionals that provides the information, skills and tools needed to conduct “screening and brief intervention” (SBI) to help at-risk drinkers reduce their alcohol use.
SBI is a structured set of questions designed to identify individuals at risk for alcohol use problems, followed by a brief discussion between an individual and a service provider. The manual provides background information and practical steps for conducting SBI in a variety of public health settings, brief descriptions of the problems associated with alcohol misuse, types of alcohol use, value of a public health approach in addressing alcohol problems, history and effectiveness of SBI, as well as key issues in screening and brief intervention. Also included is information on the most commonly used screening tools, a handout for clients and a list of additional resources.
Alcohol is the most commonly used drug in our nation and is a leading cause of illness and death. As we seek a community-based public health approach to risky drinking, SBI provides an opportunity to reach individuals who are not exposed to the intervention of traditional health care settings.
“Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention: A Guide for Public Health Practitioners” is available free for download on the APHA Web site.