Brief intervention for medical inpatients with unhealthy alcohol use.

@article{Merlo2007BriefIF,
  title={Brief intervention for medical inpatients with unhealthy alcohol use.},
  author={Lisa J. Merlo and Dheeraj Kumar and Christine A. Adamec},
  journal={Annals of internal medicine},
  year={2007},
  volume={147 8},
  pages={
          589-90; author reply 590
        }
}
TO THE EDITOR: In their article, Saitz and colleagues (1) conclude that the brief intervention is inadequate for medical inpatients with unhealthy alcohol use. We fear that their main finding is old wine in new skins: Brief intervention is ineffective in alcohol-dependent individuals. As the authors discuss, a central issue deals with the representativeness of their sample. Compared with the at-risk drinkers who declined to participate in the study, the 35% of at-risk drinkers who enrolled in… CONTINUE READING

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