EFFECTIVE AND COST-EFFECTIVE MEASURES TO REDUCE ALCOHOL MISUSE IN SCOTLAND: AN UPDATE TO THE LITERATURE REVIEW
SECTION ONE: INTRODUCTION
explains the background to this update of a previous literature review;
describes the aims of the review; and
sets out the structure for the rest of the report.
1.1 In 2001, the Scottish Advisory Committee on Alcohol Misuse (SACAM) commissioned a report to provide information on the evidence available about the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of alternative measures to reduce alcohol misuse (Ludbrook et al 2002). This report provides an update on the literature review.
1.2 The aim of this study was to update the review of evidence on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions aimed at reducing alcohol misuse and to identify any new findings in this literature.
STRUCTURE OF THE REPORT
1.3 The report follows broadly the same structure as the original review. A brief description of methods is provided in Chapter 2 (and further details can be found in Ludbrook et al 2002 chapters 2 and 3). The main findings of the review of more recent literature are then reported by type of intervention in sections 3 - 9:
Section 3 - Policy and Legislation
Section 4 - Enforcement
Section 5 - Prevention
Section 6 - Screening and Detection
Section 7 - Brief Interventions
Section 8 - Detoxification
Section 9 - Relapse Prevention
Definitions of the intervention categories are given in Ludbrook et al 2002 p10
Section 10 of the report presents further results from reviews that dealt with particular population groups. Finally, section 11 summarises the main findings and makes recommendations.