Alcohol screening and brief intervention in a policing context: A mixed methods feasibility study

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/604846
Title:
Alcohol screening and brief intervention in a policing context: A mixed methods feasibility study
Authors:
Brown, N. (Nicola); Newbury-Birch, D. (Dorothy); McGovern, R. (Ruth); Phinn, E. (Elizabeth); Kaner, E. (Eileen)
Affiliation:
Teesside University, Health and Social Care Institute.
Citation:
Brown, N., Newbury-Birch, D., McGovern, R., Phinn, E. & Kaner, E. (2010) 'Alcohol screening and brief intervention in a policing context: A mixed methods feasibility study' Drug and Alcohol Review; 29(6): 647-654.
Publisher:
Wiley
Journal:
Drug and Alcohol Review
Issue Date:
Nov-2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/604846
DOI:
10.1111/j.1465-3362.2010.00223.x
Additional Links:
http://doi.wiley.com/10.1111/j.1465-3362.2010.00223.x
Abstract:
Introduction and Aims. There is a strong association between alcohol and offending behaviour and 25% of police time involves alcohol-related incidents.This pilot study aimed to investigate the feasibility of delivering alcohol screening and brief intervention (ASBI) to individuals arrested for offences linked to drinking behaviour. Design and Methods. Participants were detainees arrested for public order or assault offences in one North East police station in England.Following a 2 h training session, 10 Detention Officers (DOs) conducted ASBI over 3 months during routine police work. In-depth interviews with the DOs provided further details about the acceptability of ASBI procedures. Results. Of 704 target arrestees, 229 (33%) agreed to participate in the study.Most were male (81%), white British (95%) and under the age of 30 (62%). Fifty-nine per cent screened positively for an alcohol use disorder (50% were hazardous, 15% harmful and 35% dependent drinkers), although 23% detainees either refused or were unable to complete the screening tool. Of the 134 participants that screened positively,98% were willing to receive brief intervention. DOs reported mixed views about ASBI; while half were positive about the process the remaining DOs expressed reservations about the appropriateness of the policing context for ASBI. Discussion and Conclusions. Despite limited training, DOs were able to deliver ASBI during routine police work.These findings provide a promising platform for future evaluative research on brief intervention outcomes in this setting. However, the issue of coercion needs to be explored more fully with both detainees and DOs. [Brown N, Newbury-Birch D, McGovern R, Phinn E, Kaner E. Alcohol screening and brief intervention in a policing context:A mixed methods feasibility study. Drug Alcohol Rev 2010;29;647–654]
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
alcohol; screening; Brief intervention; police
ISSN:
09595236
Rights:
Author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing) after 12 month embargo from publication. For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0959-5236/ [Accessed 08/04/2016]

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dc.contributor.authorBrown, N. (Nicola)en
dc.contributor.authorNewbury-Birch, D. (Dorothy)en
dc.contributor.authorMcGovern, R. (Ruth)en
dc.contributor.authorPhinn, E. (Elizabeth)en
dc.contributor.authorKaner, E. (Eileen)en
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-08T13:40:57Zen
dc.date.available2016-04-08T13:40:57Zen
dc.date.issued2010-11en
dc.identifier.citationDrug and Alcohol Review; 29(6): 647-654en
dc.identifier.issn09595236en
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1465-3362.2010.00223.xen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/604846en
dc.description.abstractIntroduction and Aims. There is a strong association between alcohol and offending behaviour and 25% of police time involves alcohol-related incidents.This pilot study aimed to investigate the feasibility of delivering alcohol screening and brief intervention (ASBI) to individuals arrested for offences linked to drinking behaviour. Design and Methods. Participants were detainees arrested for public order or assault offences in one North East police station in England.Following a 2 h training session, 10 Detention Officers (DOs) conducted ASBI over 3 months during routine police work. In-depth interviews with the DOs provided further details about the acceptability of ASBI procedures. Results. Of 704 target arrestees, 229 (33%) agreed to participate in the study.Most were male (81%), white British (95%) and under the age of 30 (62%). Fifty-nine per cent screened positively for an alcohol use disorder (50% were hazardous, 15% harmful and 35% dependent drinkers), although 23% detainees either refused or were unable to complete the screening tool. Of the 134 participants that screened positively,98% were willing to receive brief intervention. DOs reported mixed views about ASBI; while half were positive about the process the remaining DOs expressed reservations about the appropriateness of the policing context for ASBI. Discussion and Conclusions. Despite limited training, DOs were able to deliver ASBI during routine police work.These findings provide a promising platform for future evaluative research on brief intervention outcomes in this setting. However, the issue of coercion needs to be explored more fully with both detainees and DOs. [Brown N, Newbury-Birch D, McGovern R, Phinn E, Kaner E. Alcohol screening and brief intervention in a policing context:A mixed methods feasibility study. Drug Alcohol Rev 2010;29;647–654]en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherWileyen
dc.relation.urlhttp://doi.wiley.com/10.1111/j.1465-3362.2010.00223.xen
dc.rightsAuthor can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing) after 12 month embargo from publication. For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0959-5236/ [Accessed 08/04/2016]en
dc.subjectalcoholen
dc.subjectscreeningen
dc.subjectBrief interventionen
dc.subjectpoliceen
dc.titleAlcohol screening and brief intervention in a policing context: A mixed methods feasibility studyen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentTeesside University, Health and Social Care Institute.en
dc.identifier.journalDrug and Alcohol Reviewen
or.citation.harvardBrown, N., Newbury-Birch, D., McGovern, R., Phinn, E. & Kaner, E. (2010) 'Alcohol screening and brief intervention in a policing context: A mixed methods feasibility study' Drug and Alcohol Review; 29(6): 647-654.en
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