The Drink-Less Program

Drink-less was developed at the University of Sydney, Australia in 1993 as a complete package for health practitioners to use in detection and treatment of unhealthy drinking. It was designed for use in primary health care settings.

The intervention materials are based on the five-minute intervention shown to be effective in the WHO collaboration trial if brief intervention for hazardous or harmful alcohol use (Saunders et al 1993; WHO Study Group 1996). The Program was adapted by Gomel et al (1994) for Australian use and then updated in 2003 and in 2004.

In NSW this package is being used by GPs and specialist in providing brief intervention to drink drivers as part of the Alcohol Interlock Program. Revision of the materials was supported by Transport for NSW.

The current research team:

Professor Kate Conigrave FAFPHM FRChAM PhD
Senior Staff Specialist, Drug Health Services, Sydney Local Health District (SLHD)

Dr Hester Wilson BMed(Hons) FRACGP FAChAM
General Practitioner, and Staff Specialist, Langton Centre, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD)

Professor Paul Haber FRACP FAChAM MD
Clinical Director, Drug Health Services, Sydney Local Health District (SLHD)

Professor John Saunders FRCP MD FRACP FAFPHM
Professor and Consultant Physician in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine, Sydney

View or download the resources here:

How to use the Drink-less Package

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