Process Evaluation of Alcohol Brief Interventions in wider settings (Young People and Social Work)

Funded by NHS Health Scotland.

The detection of alcohol problems is known to be enhanced by the use of appropriate screening tools, and a considerable body of research evidence now supports the use of Alcohol Brief Interventions (ABIs) in reducing health-related harm due to alcohol consumption. ABIs are time-limited interventions that focus on changing drinking behaviour, and their delivery has become a significant component of the Scottish Government Alcohol Strategy. Although studies have indicated that ABIs can be effective with adults in primary care settings, relatively little is known about their use and value when implemented in settings such as social work and the community, and with young people (under the age of 16).

This study explored the feasibility and acceptability of ABIs delivered to young people and in social work settings through two phases of research; the first mapping and scoping current projects across Scotland, and the second examining delivery in a series of case study projects, and developing proposals for a potential future outcome evaluation. A mixed methods approach was used involving interviews with project staff and stakeholders and with users of the projects; field visits and observation; and analysis of project documentation and data.

The study was a collaborative project between ISM, Nursing, Midwifery and Health, and the Faculty of Social Sciences.


Total award value £87,669.00

People (3)


Miss Jennifer McKell

Miss Jennifer McKell

Research Fellow 1, Institute for Social Marketing

Professor Tessa Parkes

Professor Tessa Parkes

Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences

Dr Sarah Wilson

Dr Sarah Wilson

Senior Lecturer, Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology

Outputs (2)



Stead M, Parkes T, Nicoll A, Wilson S, Burgess C, Eadie D, Fitzgerald N, McKell J, Reid G, Jepson R, McAteer J & Bauld L (2017) Delivery of alcohol brief interventions in community-based youth work settings: exploring feasibility and acceptability in a qualitative study. BMC Public Health, 17 (1), Art. No.: 357.

Meeting Abstract

Parkes T, Stead M, Eadie D, Nicoll A, McKell J, Bauld L, Wilson S, Burgess C, Reid G, McAteer J & Jepson R (2013) Alcohol brief interventions in youth and social work settings in Scotland. International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol and Other Drugs (INEBRIA) Meeting 2013, Rome, Italy, 18/09/2013 - 20/09/2013. Addiction Science and Clinical Practice, 8 (Supplement 1), p. A52.;