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Unhealthy Alcohol Use in Adolescents and Adults: Screening and Behavioral Counseling Interventions

Researchers from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) conducted a systematic review examining 113 studies on screening and intervening in unhealthy alcohol use in primary care or similar healthcare settings. They found that screening was effective in detecting unhealthy alcohol use and counseling interventions were effective in reducing unhealthy drinking behavior. Based on those benefits and the small to nonexistent potential for harm, the USPSTF recommends that organizations provide screening and intervention services. The report has several components that are linked to from the Final Summary page, including the Recommendation Statement and Evidence Report and Systematic Review, both of which were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The review was funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
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