IBA in Wider Settings: Conference Report

9 May

Social work, criminal justice, pharmacy, housing, homelessness, police: all these settings are becoming increasingly the focus of research and implementation initiatives relating to IBA.  A recent conference (27th March 2012) organised by Edinburgh Cyrenians, in association with Comic Relief, Create Consultancy, Alcohol Research UK and INEBRIA was attended by professionals and researchers from all these fields.  With a key note address on the state of the evidence base for IBA by Dr. Richard Saitz, and a following presentation ‘How to decide what to do, whatever the evidence‘ from Dr. Andrew Tannahill, the day got off to an intriguing start.

Further presentations focused on how to implement IBA into routine practice, an example of how Edinburgh Cyrenians rolled out alcohol interventions across their frontline homelessness services, and a discussion of the place of alcohol in the lives of hard to reach groups.  Workshops discussed selection of screening tools, training, gender issues and web technology relating to IBA.

The full list of speakers and presentations from the conference are available.

Last year the Alcohol Academy held an event and published a briefing paper exploring ways to achieve widespread IBA delivery.

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