This trial is evaluating whether A-CHESS peer-supported will improve 1 primary outcome and 17 secondary outcomes in patients with Alcohol Drinking. Measurement will happen over the course of 12 months.
This trial requires 566 total participants across 3 different treatment groups
This trial involves 3 different treatments. A-CHESS Peer-supported is the primary treatment being studied. Participants will be divided into 2 treatment groups. There is no placebo group. The treatments being tested are not being studied for commercial purposes.
"A wide range of drinking patterns can be observed. Alcohol abstainers and infrequent or binge drinkers are most likely to experience the signs and symptoms associated with excessive alcohol use. The presence of liver disease, smoking, prior psychiatric treatment and prior alcohol or illicit drug problems are other factors that could add to the signs and symptoms of alcohol drinking." - Anonymous Online Contributor
"For alcoholics, the treatments often involve counseling or abstinence. There are, however, treatments that are effective to treat alcohol dependence. These include drugs such as disulfiram and naltrexone. Some medications, such as lithium, are effective both for alcoholics and nondrinks. There are some effective and safe procedures for treating alcoholism. For example, alcoholics who are contemplating alcohol, drug, or sex and for whom abstinence is not an option should consider treatment planning and rehabilitation." - Anonymous Online Contributor
"These data from the 1999-2002 National Alcohol Survey suggest that men are drinking more alcohol than women (21.3% of women but 33.2% of men). More importantly, the average age of first alcohol dependence is younger in men than women. Alcohol dependence and binge drinking are increasing among both men and women in the United States." - Anonymous Online Contributor
"There are a wide range of reasons for a person to drink alcohol, but most people drink to help relieve anxiety and depression, to loosen up and enjoy conversation with friends, to forget their daily routine, for the sense of self-worth, and to reduce negative feelings (especially loneliness). In the short term, alcohol is also a powerful coping skill for managing pain and improving energy levels. People may drink to forget physical problems. Over time, excessive drinking can lead to alcohol use disorders: alcohol intoxication, dependence and withdrawal. It can cause harm to the liver, heart, brain, immune system and central nervous system. If left unchecked, excessive drinking can also cause mental, emotional, and physical problems." - Anonymous Online Contributor
"Alcohol consumption is heavily affected by factors beyond drinking for its own sake, such as interpersonal factors, negative emotions, and social consequences. Drinking for companionship is more or less determined by environmental factors. The development of alcohol-induced negative consequences must be considered to explain why some individuals drink excessively while others avoid it altogether." - Anonymous Online Contributor
"Although alcohol consumption can provide an array of positive health outcomes, drinking alcohol and alcoholics tend to be stigmatized. If public health interventions targeted at alcohol expectancies are employed, it will be difficult to overcome the public health stigmas and the social stigma against drinking and drinkers." - Anonymous Online Contributor
"A very small percentage of alcoholics drink to relieve alcoholism; however, when an alcohol-dependent alcoholic starts drinking, then it usually takes a lot of drinking (a lot) for the alcoholic to get drunk; only later does he start drinking to hide this problem (the “drinking in the service of drinking” type of drinking). With alcohol, most drinkers don’t start their drinking to avoid some other problem (such as alcoholism); instead, most decide to start drinking for pleasure or to make up for something (such as depression or boredom).[Power] Alcoholic drinkers are also more likely to smoke or use other drugs than non-drinkers, and these add to their odds of having other diseases too." - Anonymous Online Contributor
"There have been numerous innovations in approaches used to treat alcohol abuse and dependence, such as motivational interviewing and cognitive modeling, which appear to be successful in the short term, but which long-term efficacy remains unproven." - Anonymous Online Contributor
"Results from a recent clinical trial has shown that a-chess improves quality of life for those with alcohol drinking problems in a community setting. Additional research is required to explore whether a-chess can be a useful adjunct treatment to existing community resources." - Anonymous Online Contributor
"The benefits of alcohol intake appear to diminish sharply with age, although a large percentage of the adult population continues to drink excessively every day. In the absence of other compelling reasons against alcohol intake, the burden of alcohol should be placed on heavy drinkers." - Anonymous Online Contributor
"The following common a-chess problems are reported as side effects:-(i)fear of going to hospital for pain; (vii)fear of harming the chess-player(s);(viii)fear of having a stroke; (ix)feelings of anxiety; (xi)inability to concentrate; (x)feeling that one is doing poorly in the game; (xii)fear of the referee." - Anonymous Online Contributor
"The prevalence of alcoholic consumption has a large variance in the general population; the mean of the consumption age in the European Union is 21.5 years. The age of initiation of consumption of spirits are generally younger than 20 years. The age for wine and all alcoholic drinks are generally younger. Thus, wine consumption has a higher consumption rate in comparison to spirits." - Anonymous Online Contributor