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Alcohol Unhealthy Use in Adolescents and Adults, Screening and Behavioral Counseling Interventions. 2018

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Recommendations: Screening and Behavioral Counseling Interventions for Unhealthy Alcohol Use in Adolescents and Adults

  • Unhealthy Alcohol Use in Adolescents and Adults: Screening and Behavioral Counseling Interventions --Adults 18 years or older, including pregnant women
    Grade: B
    Specific Recommendations:

    The USPSTF recommends screening for unhealthy alcohol use in primary care settings in adults 18 years or older, including pregnant women, and providing persons engaged in risky or hazardous drinking with brief behavioral counseling interventions to reduce unhealthy alcohol use.

    Frequency of Service:

    The USPSTF did not find adequate evidence to recommend an optimal screening interval for unhealthy alcohol use in adults. Brief behavioral counseling interventions were found to reduce unhealthy alcohol use in adults 18 years or older, including pregnant women. Effective behavioral counseling interventions vary in their specific components, administration, length, and number of interactions. The USPSTF was unable to identify specific intervention characteristics or components that were clearly associated with improved outcomes.

    Risk Factor Information:

    engaged in risky or hazardous drinking

  • Unhealthy Alcohol Use in Adolescents and Adults: Screening and Behavioral Counseling Interventions --Adolescents aged 12 to 17 years
    Grade: I
    Specific Recommendations:

    The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening and brief behavioral counseling interventions for alcohol use in primary care settings in adolescents aged 12 to 17 years.

     

    See the Clinical Considerations section for suggestions for practice regarding the I statement.

    Frequency of Service:

    No Frequency of Service information currently available.

    Risk Factor Information:

    No Risk Factor Information currently available.

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