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Impact of health consequences feedback on patients acceptance of advice about alcohol consumption
  1. R Patton1,
  2. M J Crawford1,
  3. R Touquet2
  1. 1Department of Psychological Medicine, Imperial College, London, UK
  2. 2Accident and Emergency Department, St Mary’s Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Mr R Patton, Department of Psychological Medicine, Patterson Centre, 20 South Wharf Road, London W2 1PD, UK;


Objectives: To demonstrate the impact of health consequences feedback on patients willingness to accept advice about drinking.

Methods: 281 patients identified as hazardous drinkers were offered advice about alcohol consumption. During the experimental period patients’ were given feedback as to the health consequences.

Results: Introduction of feedback led to a 23% increase in the proportion of patients who were willing to accept brief advice.

Conclusions: Feedback provision should be included as part of Screening and Brief intervention programmes to increase the number of patients that may benefit from an intervention.

  • advice
  • alcohol
  • Paddington Alcohol Test
  • screening

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