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Presse Med. 2009 Jul-Aug;38(7-8):1126-33. doi: 10.1016/j.lpm.2008.09.026. Epub 2009 Feb 4.

[Brief intervention about alcohol use].

[Article in French]

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Service d'hépato-gastro-entérologie, Hôpital Haut Lévêque Pessac, F-33600 Bordeaux, France.


The brief intervention lasts from 5 to 20 minutes and uses motivational interview techniques. This brief intervention is addressed not at alcohol-dependent patients (approximately 1.5 million people in France) but at those whose consumption is harmful or at risk (estimated at approximately 4 million people in France), especially men. The efficacy of the brief intervention is demonstrated by numerous randomized studies and meta-analyses. A mean reduction of one glass of an alcoholic beverage a day results, with consumption returning to a moderate rather than at-risk level for approximately 30%. This efficacy has been demonstrated for a duration of at least 4 years. Given that evidence also supports the behavioral changes, these findings should be taken into account by healthcare providers.

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