Rethinking Drinking Offers Tools to Assess and Change Risky Drinking Habits

Source: NIH News, 03/09/09

A new Web site and booklet from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) could help many people reduce their risk for alcohol problems. Called Rethinking Drinking, the new materials present evidence-based information about risky drinking patterns, the alcohol content of drinks, and the signs of an alcohol problem, along with information about medications and other resources to help people who choose to cut back or quit drinking. The Web site — RethinkingDrinking.niaaa.nih.gov — also features interactive tools, such as calculators for measuring alcohol calories and drink sizes. NIAAA is part of the National Institutes of Health.

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“We know that many heavy drinkers are able to change on their own,” explains Mark Willenbring, M.D., director of NIAAA’s Division of Treatment and Recovery Research. “Rethinking Drinking is a convenient, low-cost way to provide the required information and tools for those able to change before they develop symptoms. People who have more severe alcohol involvement will require professional help, and starting with Rethinking Drinking may help them make the decision to seek help at an earlier stage in the disease process. We think Rethinking Drinking will be used in many different settings, such as doctor’s offices, colleges, workplaces, the criminal justice system and pastoral counseling.”

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Copies of the Rethinking Drinking booklet can be downloaded from the Rethinking Drinking Web site (RethinkingDrinking.niaaa.nih.gov), or ordered from NIAAA by phone at: 301-443-3860.

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Two New Reports from SAMHSA Office of Applied Statistics (OAS)

Source: email from SAMHSA OAS Pubs, 3/5/2009

SAMHSA’s Office of Applied Studies (OAS) has just released: 

(1) The NSDUH Report: Smokeless Tobacco Use, Initiation, and Relationship to Cigarette Smoking: 2002 to 2007, a 3 page short report based on data from SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use & Health (NSDUH) that provides trends from 2002 to 2007 of smokeless tobacco use by age and gender as well as the demographics for smokeless tobacco use in 2007. Interesting findings concern the relationship between cigarette and smokeless tobacco use. AT: http://oas.samhsa.gov/2k9/smokelessTobacco/smokelessTobacco.cfm

OAS reports on the use of other tobacco products may be found at: http://oas.samhsa.gov/tobacco.htm

(2) The TEDS Report: Predictors of Substance Abuse Treatment Completion or Transfer to Further Treatment by Service Type, a 3 page short report based on data provided by the States for their specialty substance abuse treatment facilities. This report provides the significant predictors of treatment completion or transfer for clients who were discharged from outpatient, intensive outpatient, long-term residential or short-term residential substance abuse treatment. This information may contribute to the understanding of what leads to successful substance abuse treatment and helpful for those wanting to improve treatment success by targeting programs for clients at risk for relapse or dropout from substance abuse. AT: http://oas.samhsa.gov/2k9/TXpredictors/TXpredictors.cfm

To find OAS data on a specific topic, go to SAMHSA’s Office of Applied Studies’ topics website at http://www.oas.samhsa.gov/topics.cfm

New Homelessness Resource Center Web Site Launched

Source: SAMHSA eNetwork email, 7/29/08

SAMHSA’s new Homelessness Resource Center (HRC) Web site launched this week. Targeted toward providers who work with people who are homeless, the Web site shares state-of-the art knowledge, evidence-based practices, and practical resources.

The Web site provides an interactive learning community for researchers, providers, consumers, and Government agencies at all levels. It is an easy-to-manage resource with content that informs, features that engage, and training that is useful. These elements are brought together to promote recovery-oriented and consumer-centered services for people who are homeless.

Visit the site at: http://homeless.samhsa.gov/

Alcohol SBIRT Toolkit for Emergency Care Settings

Source: Join Together News Release, 5/23/2005
The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Injury Prevention Institute/EN CARE has released an alcohol screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) implementation toolkit.

This toolkit will provide emergency and trauma nurses and other emergency health care professionals with the information they need to implement the SBIRT procedure in emergency care settings.

It also incorporates evidence-based concepts from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, American College of Surgeons, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and many other renowned experts in the field.

For more information or to download your free copy, visit: www.ena.org/ipinstitute/SBIRT/default.asp

United Way Health Focus to Include Binge Drinking, Drug Use

Source: Join Together Funding News, 5/21/2008
The United Way of America has announced that it will focus its grantmaking over the next decade on the root causes underlying the nation’s health, educational, and financial problems, the Washington Post reported May 15.

A new United Way report, Goals for the Common Good, points out that two-thirds of young people and adults live unhealthy lives, engaging in drug use, binge drinking, or unsafe sex. Those are the types of core issues that United Way organizations nationally need to address in order make measurable progress in reversing declines in key health, education, and personal-finance indicators, said United Way of America CEO Brian Gallagher.

“The country is at a crossroads right now,” he said. “I’ve never felt a time in my career where there’s this combination of enough pain, feeling of a lack of progress, feeling like we’ve stalled, combined with a next generation of leadership demanding change.”

There are about 1,300 local United Way organizations, however, and it is unclear how many of them will follow the recommendations detailed in the report.

Click here to read United Way report “Goals for the Common Good

The NSDUH Report: State Estimates of Persons Aged 18 or Older Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Illicit Drugs

SAMHSA’s Office of Applied Studies (OAS) has just released a 3 page short report based on data from the SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use & Health (NSDUH) that provides the relative percentages among the States of adults who reported that in the past year they drove under the influence of alcohol or an illicit drug

Available at : http://oas.samhsa.gov/2k8/stateDUI/stateDUI.cfm

2007 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data available online

The 2007 BRFSS Annual Survey Data and 2007 BRFSS Prevalence Data are now available on CDC’s BRFSS website.