Alcohol Brief Intervention

Many people enjoy alcohol socially, however drinking too much can lead to physical and mental health problems and impact on wider aspects of life including relationships and employment. Alcohol related harm also creates considerable human and economic costs to society, and is identified as a key health issue for Scotland.
Alcohol Brief intervention (ABI) is an approach aimed as responding to excessive drinking that is described by the Scottish Government as:
 “A short, evidence-based, structured conversation about alcohol consumption with a patient/client that seeks in a non-confrontational way to motivate and support the individual to think about and/or plan a change in their drinking behaviour in order to reduce their consumption and/or their risk of harm.”
Since 2008, ABIs have become routine in many healthcare settings in Scotland, including primary care, antenatal care and emergency care as well as wider settings such as pharmacies, young people’s services and criminal justice services.
In Tayside, ABIs are carried out by doctors, nurses, pharmacists, youth workers, and criminal justice staff working in a diverse range of primary care, hospital, and social work settings. If you use any of these services you may be asked about your drinking habits. This will be done in a sensitive and non-judgmental way, with the aim of helping you understand the potential health consequences associated with your drinking and identifying ways to reduce the risks of alcohol.
Follow the links on this page to find more about the effects of alcohol on health, recommended drinking limits, ABI delivery in Tayside and the evidence supporting the use of ABIs.