Reducing Alcohol-related harm in the workplace – A feasibility study of screening and brief interventions for hazardous drinkers

This study investigated the following: • Screening, Trails, Acceptability of testing among employees • Study of a random sample of 1514 public sector employees in Scotland– sent a self-completed general lifestyle questionnaire, incorporating the alcohol use disorders identification test (AUDIT) – A final sample of 55 suitable people were selected for trials (control vs exp group). • Main findings from Trail = Interventions in the workplace have the potential to reduce alcohol-related harm and also have public sector resources. There were no statistically significant findings but trends were evident. • Feasibility issues included screening costs, which could be high; and the need for a larger sample size and follow-up to see full picture and impact of changes in drinking, etc. Calculated that 8258 employees would be needed at screening stage to yield 300 hazardous (n=150 exp and n=150 control) at trial stage (90% power achieved)

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