Planning and Implementing Screening and Brief Intervention for Risky Alcohol Use -

This new resource from the Centers for Disease Control in the United States describes alcohol screening and brief intervention as a “critical clinical preventive service.”

Alcohol screening and brief intervention identifies and helps patients who may be drinking too much. It involves:

  1. A validated set of screening questions to identify patients’ drinking patterns
  2. A short conversation with patients who are drinking too much, and for patients with severe risk, a referral with a wide range of other health and social problems, to specialized treatment as warranted

This guide is designed to help an individual or small planning team in a variety of primary care settings to adapt alcohol screening and brief interventions to their unique operational realities. It provides a series of steps to help plan, implement, and continually improve alcohol screening and brief interventions as a routine element of standard practice.

Discussion of alcohol use during pregnancy and FASD can be found throughout the guide.

For more on screening in primary care settings, see previous posts: