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#UKalcohol – Twitter discussion on IBA/brief interventions

30 Jul

A planned Twitter discussion on addressing alcohol harms will take place on Wednesday the 13th August at 8pm (= 20.00 BST = 19.00 GMT = 3pm/15.00 EDT) on the theme of alcohol brief advice and brief interventions.  This follows on from an initial discussion on alcohol-related hospital admissions which you can read here.

Who can take part?

The aim of the #UKalcohol discussions is to identify and discuss key issues facing those working in the alcohol field – either as commissioners, researchers, service providers or policy roles. It is hoped a different ‘theme’ will be addressed each month, reflecting key areas of interest.

#UKalcohol discussion 13th August: alcohol brief advice, brief interventions

The 2nd planned discussion is intended to cover the broad theme of design, delivery, support and monitoring of alcohol brief advice in addressing alcohol-related risks and harm.

The following issues may be used as needed as prompts/themes for discussion:

  1. What is brief advice, what is a brief intervention, does it matter?
  2. How widely should we implement brief advice/interventions on the basis of current evidence?
  3. What is needed to support brief advice/interventions in practice? How do the needs of different settings differ?
  4. How should brief advice/interventions on alcohol fit with attempts to address other lifestyle issues?
  5. What monitoring and evaluation of these interventions is needed and is it feasible?


This 2nd discussion is being brought to you by the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies with the support from a range of partners and stakeholders who will be jointly supporting the alcohol Twitter discussion, and may initiate further themed discussions in future.

Next steps

If you are interested in participating in the proposed Twitter discussion either as an individual or on behalf of your organisation simply sign in via Twitter on Wednesday the 13th August at 8pm and use the #UKalcohol. Discussion may be subsequently captured and shared via Storify.  You can also follow @ukctas to see tweets about this in advance.

If you’d like to ask any questions or help with Twitter please do get in touch via or

NDSAG 2014 Conference Focuses on IBA and Alcohol Policy

27 Feb

The New Directions in the Study of Alcohol Group will hold their annual conference in Dundee from Wednesday 23rd until Saturday 26th April 2014.  The conference is available as a residential or day conference, but participants can also opt to attend one of three individual day symposia.  The latest conference programme has just been announced: NDSAG 2014 Full Conference Programme.NDSAG

The event has a reputation for being an excellent forum for debate, supporting individuals new to the alcohol field, and enabling networking between colleagues old and new.

Friday 25th April focuses on Alcohol Brief Intervention Research (or IBA) and will feature inputs from the Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland’s Alcohol Strategy (MESAS) team, Glasgow University, Stirling University, University of St. Andrews, University of Dundee and the Alcohol Academy.

Thursday 24th April will focus on policy including minimum unit pricing and the implications for alcohol policy if Scotland opts for independence in September.  A half day research symposium on Saturday 26th February completes what promises to be an excellent event.

You can book online for the conference now – residential spaces are limited.   You can also book using this form: NDSAG 2014 Booking Form

INEBRIA 2012 presentations

2 Nov

A selection of presentations and posters from the INEBRIA 2012 Barcelona conference are now available. The conference covered the theme of ‘Research into practice’ as explored in this recent post.

IBA – are all settings equal? Presentations and experiences

27 Oct

Two recent events explored evidence, experience and views on delivering IBA across different settings. The first – ‘IBA: are all settings equal?’ – was held in partnership between the Alcohol Academy and DrinkWise NorthWest in July. More recently the Academy teamed up with the Nottingham Recovery Partnership to deliver ‘IBA: Making Every Contact Count?’.

Both events aimed to bring together alcohol leads and practitioners to assess how IBA implementation is going – and how and whether it should be extended across further settings. Of course, ‘all settings are not equal’ because the evidence base and policy focus is on IBA in Primary Care. Yet there is clearly both an enthusiasm and investment in delivering IBA across a wide range of settings.

A few of the key presentations and discussion points are outlined below, but all presentations can be accessed here and here. Continue reading

INEBRIA 2012: research into practice?

8 Oct

INEBRIA is the International Network for Brief Interventions for Alcohol and Other Drugs. The 2012 conference was held in Barcelona on 27th and 28th September 2012.

This year I attended my first INEBRIA conference which was an overwhelmingly positive experience. The breadth of presentations, posters, and leading international experts available to talk to was inspiring. Of course much of it was focused on the latest research – to a non-academic this often leaves one constantly asking the question “How does this influence what happens in real world?”. Continue reading

INEBRIA Conference 2012

28 May

9th Conference of INEBRIA: International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol and Other Drugs

Conference theme: From Clinical practice to Public Health: The two dimensions of brief interventions.

Dates: 27th – 28th September 2012

Location: Barcelona, Spain

View conference flyer

The conference aims to:

  • Enhance research on EIBI/SBI implementation as a public health tool
  • Expand EIBI/SBI in emerging economies.
  • Promote expansion of EIBI/SBI to other drugs
  • Continue promoting the use of new technologies on the implementation of EIBI/SBI
  • Review the major achievements on EIBI/SBI research in the last 9 years since INEBRIA was launched and the INEBRIA contribution to them.