Brief Motivational Interview for Alcohol Drinking

Waitlist Available · 18+ · All Sexes · Sacramento, CA

This study is evaluating whether brief interventions can reduce the number of injuries and deaths due to alcohol use.

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About the trial for Alcohol Drinking

Eligible Conditions
Wounds and Injuries · Alcohol Drinking

Treatment Groups

This trial involves 2 different treatments. Brief Motivational Interview is the primary treatment being studied. Participants will all receive the same treatment. There is no placebo group. The treatments being tested are not being studied for commercial purposes.

Main TreatmentA portion of participants receive this new treatment to see if it outperforms the control.
Brief Motivational Interview
Control TreatmentAnother portion of participants receive the standard treatment to act as a baseline.

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Brief Motivational Interview


This trial is for patients born any sex aged 18 and older. There are 4 eligibility criteria to participate in this trial as listed below.

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Approximate Timelines

Please note that timelines for treatment and screening will vary by patient
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: varies
Reporting: 2 years
This trial has approximate timelines as follows: 3 weeks for initial screening, variable treatment timelines, and reporting: 2 years.
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Measurement Requirements

This trial is evaluating whether Brief Motivational Interview will improve 1 primary outcome and 3 secondary outcomes in patients with Alcohol Drinking. Measurement will happen over the course of 12 months.

12 month AUDIT Results
Score on self administered questionnaire
Self referral for counselling/treatment
number of self referrals for counseling/treatment
Moving violations/DUI
number of moving violations/DUI
Hospital re-admissions
number of hospital re-admissions

Patient Q & A Section

Please Note: These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.

Can alcohol drinking be cured?

The findings from this small sample suggest that alcohol drinking does not have to be cured. Those with the most severe drinking problems may benefit from receiving structured counseling from professional alcohol counselors, and those who are motivated to change their drinking can be effective.

Anonymous Patient Answer

What are the signs of alcohol drinking?

Almost every person is subject to the risks of excessive drink drinking. The signs of alcohol drinking include poor eye - hand coordination, impaired decision - making and poor coordination, and poor judgment. All can cause accidents and accidents can cause health problems. When the signs are present it’s time to seek help as the person is not going to get better and the risks are high.

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What causes alcohol drinking?

There is no reason to believe that drinking of alcohol causes problems for the organism. Altered consumption of alcohol leads to alterations in the body mechanisms. These changes are not always deleterious. Subjective complaints are unreliable and not in reliable order associated with ethanol use. Subjective complaints from the alcoholic are usually the cause of negative perceptions, and are not related to objective alcohol use.

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How many people get alcohol drinking a year in the United States?

Approximately 17.5% of the U.S. population consume alcohol, and it is estimated that this will grow to 24.2% of the U.S. population by 2050 if no progress is made on the decline in alcohol consumption, according to a report by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in 2009:

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What is alcohol drinking?

Alcohol is a common substance abuse disorder in the United States. Alcohol dependency is more common and tends to emerge earlier in men than in women. Alcoholism, when it occurs, is highly disabling.\n

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What are common treatments for alcohol drinking?

The majority of alcoholics treated at a referral center for inpatient or outpatient alcoholism treatment (N = 824) were given no pharmacological treatment in the first year of treatment (mean = 14.1). The average percentage of alcoholics receiving pharmacological or medical treatment was 53% for outpatients and 68% for inpatients. The primary methods of identifying alcoholics who were candidates for pharmacological or medical treatment included the number of alcoholics participating in 12 alcoholic-treatment programs, and the duration of substance abuse prior to treatment. In a recent study, findings suggest that a variety of clinical methods may be used to identify alcoholics who are eligible for pharmacological or medical treatment, but that a large percentage have yet to receive treatment.

Anonymous Patient Answer

Who should consider clinical trials for alcohol drinking?

Almost all men and almost all women would consider participating in clinical trials for alcohol drinking if this option were available. Clinicians are usually reluctant to offer clinical trials for alcohol because of a lack of resources and an aversion to the research environment. This would be a major obstacle for an expanding community approach to alcohol research and treatment.

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How serious can alcohol drinking be?

[There is no right-or-wrong method of alcohol intake assessment] that captures the potential harms from drinking alcohol, but more effective means of assessing risks from drinking are needed. Alcohol consumption may not be equally harmful across socioeconomic groups, but drinking may increase risk for alcoholism in some populations.

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Is brief motivational interview safe for people?

Brief motivational interviewing appears to be safe. It appears to affect neither the intention to quit, nor to drink. Given the lack of a significant effect on intention to smoke the interventions should be explored further with larger samples.

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Does alcohol drinking run in families?

In this large national twin study (with over 12,800 twins assessed), we did not find evidence that alcohol drinking runs within families. Because alcohol drinking is a pervasive social and cultural issue on which we are unlikely to find any effective evidence, researchers should aim to collect data on family drinking habits or drinking norms, as well as the individual drinking patterns of family members.

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What are the latest developments in brief motivational interview for therapeutic use?

Brief motivational interviewing was introduced in the 1970s by S.M. Friedman, based on the theory that the ability to make a choice is in all its complexity dependent on one's appraisal of the alternatives provided for behaviour. The theory assumes that decision making is influenced by motivational factors, which can be assessed quantitatively by assessing their influence or strength on behaviour. S.M. Friedman's approach has proven to be an effective therapeutic tool for the treatment of many other psychiatric disorders. The focus in this study was the development and examination of a brief quantitative inventory of motivational factors that could be used to evaluate their influence, which will be useful in improving the quality of brief motivational interviewing.

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What are the common side effects of brief motivational interview?

In addition to a lack of clarity on key motivational considerations, only half of the study participants reported that they received anything more than an informational pamphlet concerning quitting. The most commonly reported side effects of the preliminary motivational interview were nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.

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