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Preventing disparities in alcohol screening and brief intervention: the need to move beyond primary care.

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      The alcohol treatment field has focused on promoting screening and brief intervention (SBI) in medically based settings, particularly primary care. In this Commentary, we consider the potential unintended consequences for disparities in access to care for alcohol problems. National data show significant racial/ethnic and socioeconomic differences in the rates at which at-risk drinkers and persons with alcohol use disorders come into contact with primary care providers. This suggests that implementing SBI in mostly primary care settings could inadvertently widen the gap in alcohol-related health disparities. To ensure that all populations in need benefit from this evidence-based treatment, SBI should be considered and adapted for a wider range of service venues, including Federally Qualified Health Centers and venues frequented by racial/ethnic minorities and the uninsured.

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      [1 ] Alcohol Research Group, Emeryville, California 94608-1010, USA. nmulia@arg.org
      Journal
      Alcohol. Clin. Exp. Res.
      Alcoholism, clinical and experimental research
      Wiley
      1530-0277
      0145-6008
      Sep 2011
      : 35
      : 9
      21599711
      10.1111/j.1530-0277.2011.01501.x
      3684172
      NIHMS471710

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