Evaluating an alcohol intervention program in general hospitals

The purpose of this project is a study to evaluate the impact of an alcohol intervention program in a general hospital setting by answering the following questions: (1) Is the program effective in decreasing alcohol problems for patients? (2) Is the program more effective for some categories of patients than for others? (3) Are different types of interventions more effective for specified groups of patients than for others? and (4) What factors facilitate or impede program implementation? The alcohol intervention program to be evaluated consists of a hospital-wide process for: (1) identifying individuals likely to be experiencing alcohol problems via a commonly used screen administered routinely at hospital admission; (2) conducting a thorough assessment to determine the nature and extent of their alcohol problems; (3) providing a brief educational intervention for those patients identified as heavy drinkers and at risk for alcoholism; (4) providing a full intervention, including referral to treatment, for those patients identified as suffering from alcoholism; and (5) follow-up to determine treatment attendance and/or to support individuals during early recovery.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $798,499.00

Awarded on: 4/16/1992

Time frame: 7/1/1992 - 10/31/1995

Grant Number: 18999


Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc.

44 Holland Avenue
Albany, 12229-0001


John W. Welte
Project Director