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Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of face-to-face and electronic brief interventions versus screening alone to reduce alcohol consumption among high-risk adolescents presenting to emergency departments: three-arm pragmatic randomized trial (SIPS Junior high risk trial) (2022)
Journal Article
Deluca, P., Coulton, S., Alam, M. F., Boniface, S., Donoghue, K., Gilvarry, E., …Drummond, C. (2022). Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of face-to-face and electronic brief interventions versus screening alone to reduce alcohol consumption among high-risk adolescents presenting to emergency departments: three-arm pragmatic randomized trial (SIPS Junior high risk trial). Addiction, https://doi.org/10.1111/add.15884

Background and aims: Alcohol use increases throughout adolescence. Emergency department (ED) attendance is an opportunity for alcohol screening and brief intervention (ASBI), which is effective for adults. This trial evaluated the effectiveness and c... Read More about Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of face-to-face and electronic brief interventions versus screening alone to reduce alcohol consumption among high-risk adolescents presenting to emergency departments: three-arm pragmatic randomized trial (SIPS Junior high risk trial).

Service Users’ Views and Experiences of Alcohol Relapse Prevention Treatment and Adherence: New Role for Pharmacists? (2022)
Journal Article
Dhital, R., Coleman, R., Day, E., Drummond, C., Lingford-Hughes, A., Marsden, J., …Donoghue, K. (2022). Service Users’ Views and Experiences of Alcohol Relapse Prevention Treatment and Adherence: New Role for Pharmacists?. Alcohol and Alcoholism, Article agac011. https://doi.org/10.1093/alcalc/agac011

Aims: To understand service users’ views and experiences of alcohol relapse prevention medication, views of a telephone behavioural modification intervention delivered by pharmacists and the use of Contingency Management (CM) to support acamprosate... Read More about Service Users’ Views and Experiences of Alcohol Relapse Prevention Treatment and Adherence: New Role for Pharmacists?.

Intended and unintended consequences of the implementation of minimum unit pricing of alcohol in Scotland: a natural experiment (2021)
Journal Article
So, V., Millard, A. D., Katikireddi, S. V., Forsyth, R., Allstaff, S., Deluca, P., …Leyland, A. H. (2021). Intended and unintended consequences of the implementation of minimum unit pricing of alcohol in Scotland: a natural experiment. Public Health Research, 9(11), 1-210. https://doi.org/10.3310/phr09110

Abstract Background Scotland was the first country to implement minimum unit pricing for alcohol nationally. Minimum unit pricing aims to reduce alcohol-related harms and to narrow health inequalities. Minimum unit pricing sets a minimum retail pri... Read More about Intended and unintended consequences of the implementation of minimum unit pricing of alcohol in Scotland: a natural experiment.

Patient experience of telemedicine in addictions (2021)
Journal Article
Mayet, S., Mccaw, I., Hashmani, Z., Drozdova, Z., Gledhill, A., Arshad, S., …Phillips, T. (2021). Patient experience of telemedicine in addictions. BJPsych Open, 7(S1), S269-S270. https://doi.org/10.1192/bjo.2021.717

Aims Opioid dependence has high risks and opioid substitution treatment (OST) improves outcomes and reduces deaths. Attendance at addiction specialist prescribers may be limited, particularly in rural areas. Telemedicine, such as videoconferencing,... Read More about Patient experience of telemedicine in addictions.

Brief interventions to prevent excessive alcohol use in adolescents at low-risk presenting to Emergency Departments: Three-arm, randomised trial of effectiveness and cost-effectiveness (2021)
Journal Article
Deluca, P., Coulton, S., Alam, M. F., Boniface, S., Cohen, D., Donoghue, K., …Drummond, C. (in press). Brief interventions to prevent excessive alcohol use in adolescents at low-risk presenting to Emergency Departments: Three-arm, randomised trial of effectiveness and cost-effectiveness. International Journal of Drug Policy, Article 103113. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2021.103113

© 2021 Background: Alcohol consumption and related harm increase rapidly from the age of 12 years. We evaluated whether alcohol screening and brief intervention is effective and cost-effective in delaying hazardous or harmful drinking amongst low-ris... Read More about Brief interventions to prevent excessive alcohol use in adolescents at low-risk presenting to Emergency Departments: Three-arm, randomised trial of effectiveness and cost-effectiveness.

Impact of Minimum Unit Pricing on Alcohol-Related Emergency Department Attendances in Scotland: A Natural Experiment Study (2020)
Working Paper
So, V., Millard, A. D., Katikireddi, S. V., Deluca, P., Drummond, C., Eadie, D., …Leyland, A. H. Impact of Minimum Unit Pricing on Alcohol-Related Emergency Department Attendances in Scotland: A Natural Experiment Study

Background: Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) was introduced in Scotland at 50p per unit (8g) of alcohol on 1st May 2018 to reduce alcohol consumption and associated harms. We assessed its impact on alcohol-related emergency department (ED) attendances, dri... Read More about Impact of Minimum Unit Pricing on Alcohol-Related Emergency Department Attendances in Scotland: A Natural Experiment Study.

Double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of mifepristone on cognition and depression in alcohol dependence (2020)
Journal Article
Donoghue, K., Rose, A., Coulton, S., Coleman, R., Milward, J., Philips, T., …Little, H. (2020). Double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of mifepristone on cognition and depression in alcohol dependence. Trials, 21(1), Article 796. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-020-04726-z

Alcohol dependence is a significant issue contributing to disease burden. Changes in cortisol concentrations during alcohol withdrawal are associated with cognitive deficits and symptoms of depression. Current treatments are only successful for a sma... Read More about Double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of mifepristone on cognition and depression in alcohol dependence.

Specialist alcohol inpatient treatment admissions and non-specialist hospital admissions for alcohol withdrawal in England: an inverse relationship (2020)
Journal Article
Phillips, T., Huang, C., Roberts, E., & Drummond, C. (2021). Specialist alcohol inpatient treatment admissions and non-specialist hospital admissions for alcohol withdrawal in England: an inverse relationship. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 56(1), 28-33. https://doi.org/10.1093/alcalc/agaa086

© The Author(s) 2020. Medical Council on Alcohol and Oxford University Press. AIMS: We assessed the relationship between specialist and non-specialist admissions for alcohol withdrawal since the introduction of the UK government Health and Social Car... Read More about Specialist alcohol inpatient treatment admissions and non-specialist hospital admissions for alcohol withdrawal in England: an inverse relationship.

Clinical Competencies for the Care of Hospitalized Patients with Alcohol Use Disorders (2020)
Journal Article
Phillips, T., Porter, A., & Sinclair, J. (2020). Clinical Competencies for the Care of Hospitalized Patients with Alcohol Use Disorders. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 55(4), 395-400. https://doi.org/10.1093/alcalc/agaa024

© 2020 The Author(s) 2020. Medical Council on Alcohol and Oxford University Press. Aims: The UK government aims to develop alcohol care teams (ACTs) that provide care for alcohol dependence in general hospital settings. Service descriptors have been... Read More about Clinical Competencies for the Care of Hospitalized Patients with Alcohol Use Disorders.