Screening and Behavioral Counseling to Reduce Alcohol Misuse
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released its final recommendation statement on screening and behavioral counseling interventions in primary care to reduce alcohol misuse. Screening is recommended for adults 18 and older (Grade B recommendation), but, because of insufficient evidence, not for adolescents.
This topic page summarizes the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening and behavioral counseling interventions in primary care to reduce alcohol misuse.
Release Date: May 2013
- The USPSTF recommends that clinicians screen adults aged 18 years or older for alcohol misuse and provide persons engaged in risky or hazardous drinking with brief behavioral counseling interventions to reduce alcohol misuse.
Grade: B Recommendation.
- The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening and behavioral counseling interventions in primary care settings to reduce alcohol misuse in adolescents.
Grade: I Statement.
|Supporting Document||Related Items|
|Recommendation Statement (PDF File, 86 KB; PDF Help)||Clinical Summary (PDF File, 58 KB; PDF Help)|
|Consumer Fact Sheet (PDF File, 80 KB; PDF Help)|
|Evidence Report (PDF File, 209 KB; PDF Help)||Comparative Effectiveness Review (PDF File, 3.2 MB; PDF Help)|
Current as of May 2013
Screening and Behavioral Counseling Interventions in Primary Care to Reduce Alcohol Misuse, Topic Page. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspsdrin.htm