Several tools are available for Identification and Brief Advice (IBA) including a variety of training tools. NICE clinical practice guidance for alcohol use disorders recommends a FRAMES approach to screening and brief advice (interventions),
The SIPS controlled trials to test IBA in a variety of settings have completed and currently the research is awaiting peer review before publishing. You can view further details and the SIPS IBA tools here.
There is a dedicated Alcohol IBA blog run by the Alcohol Academy which provides the latest news, links and ideas.
A publication 'Under Pressure: Tackling two of the most common preventable health harms in the UK: high blood pressure and excessive alcohol consumption' is a new report (published in September 2015) which sets out a series of recommendations to improve the management of hazardous, harmful and dependent drinking, especially in people with, or at risk of developing hypertension.
The following tools have been revised and updated by the DH and SIPS:
- AUDIT - Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test
The full Audit, providing 10 alcohol identification questions, is the gold standard of identification tests and was developed by WHO. Other shorter versions of Audit are also provided below.
- AUDIT - PC
The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test Primary Care (AUDIT-PC) provides an adapted Primary Care version of the full AUDIT with questions 1, 2, 4, 5 and 10 of the AUDIT asked first. (2008, DH)
- AUDIT - C
A revised Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test Consumption (AUDIT C ) which places questions 1, 2 and 3 of the AUDIT first with the remaining 7 AUDIT questions after. (2013, DH)
- AUDIT in different languages
These AUDIT translations are from the World Health Organization (WHO). Before using them we recommend that you consult the World Health Organization Guidelines: AUDIT - The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification...
- Fast Alcohol Screening Test (FAST)
The FAST Alcohol Screening Test is a 4-item initial screening test taken from AUDIT. It was developed for busy clinical settings as a two-stage initial screening test that is quick to administer since...
The Modified Single Alcohol Screening Question (M-SASQ) tool provides one question for identification purposes. M-SASQ was modified from the original SASQ (Cananasaby and Vinson, 2005) by SIPS .
Clarifying Brief Interventions
- Clarifying Brief Interventions
This briefing paper aims to clarify key issues relating to the delivery of brief interventions and related practice, particularly distinctions in the types of interventions and their key characteristics....
- AUDIT - Guidelines for use in Primary Care
This manual introduces the AUDIT, the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test, and describes how to use it to identify persons with hazardous and harmful patterns of alcohol consumption. The AUDIT...
- Alcohol-use disorders - preventing the development of hazardous and harmful drinking
This National Institute for Health and Clincial Excellence (NICE) guidance addresses alcohol-related problems among people aged 10 years and older. The guidance identifies how policies on alcohol pricing,...
Audit and Pathway Tool
- Audit C_Full Audit_IBA Pathway_V1
Useful IBA tool that blends the Audit C and Full Audit Identification tool with a generic treatment pathway. Where appropriate this tool should be used in conjunction with with the Structured Brief Advice...
Structured Brief Advice Tool
This structured tool for giving brief advice is based on the 'How Much is too Much' patient leaflet originally produced by Newcastle University and the WHO collaboration. (DH, Revised Mar 2009 and Links updated July 2010 and PHE, revised in light of CMO guidelines, April 2016)
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