Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Seminar: 'Whither brief alcohol interventions - is there a place for digital technology in promoting alcohol-related behaviour change in populations?'

28 February 2018, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm

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Galton LT, 1st floor, UCL 1-19 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HB

Speaker: Professor Eileen Kaner, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

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For over thirty years, evidence on the effectiveness of brief alcohol interventions has accumulated. Many systematic reviews and meta-analyses have reported that brief interventions delivered by practitioners in primary care are consistently effective at reducing alcohol consumption, albeit with small effect sizes that seem to have decreased over time. This talk will update the evidence synthesis of a previous Cochrane Collaboration systematic review focused on face-to-face delivery of brief interventions by generalist practitioners and consider the impact of this evidence on practice, as well as reflecting on new developments and evidence from the digital alcohol intervention field.

Eileen Kaner is a Professor of Public Health and Primary Care Research at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. She is also an applied behavioural scientist whose research aims to improve health and well-being by promoting evidence-based interventions to reduce health risk due to substance use and social disadvantage. A key strand of her work is the development and evaluation of screening and brief alcohol intervention approaches in a range of health, social care and criminal justice settings. To date, she has published 248 peer reviewed publications and won over £40 million in research grants. She is a founding member of Fuse - the UKCRC centre of excellence in translational public health research and a lead investigator in the NIHR Schools of Public Health Research and Primary Care Research. She is also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and an Honorary Member of the Faculty of Public Health. Lastly, she co-leads Equal North, which is an health equity network based across North England with over 480 policy, practice and research members.