Brief alcohol interventions and multiple risk factors in primary care

Jennifer S. Funderburk, Stephen A. Maisto, Dawn E. Sugarman

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Early identification and intervention of harmful/hazardous drinking in primary care are U.S. healthcare priorities. Traditionally, research has focused on designing interventions for patients in primary care who report hazardous/harmful alcohol use, even though it is likely for a patient to be at risk for multiple problems. This article has three major goals: (1) to present data highlighting the prevalence and co-variation of other risk factors with hazardous/harmful drinking, including data from a small descriptive study; (2) to review the literature on brief alcohol interventions designed to address multiple risk factors; and (3) to provide recommendations for future research. Despite data indicating primary care patients present with multiple risk factors, only a limited number of studies in the literature have investigated brief interventions addressing alcohol use and other risk factors. It is important for future research to expand brief alcohol interventions to include other risk factors as well.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAlcohol/Drug Screening and Brief Intervention
Subtitle of host publicationAdvances in Evidence-Based Practice
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781003420309
ISBN (Print)9780789037497
StatePublished - Aug 4 2023


  • Alcohol
  • Interventions
  • Multiple risk
  • Primary care
  • Secondary prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics
  • General Medicine
  • General Psychology


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