Using the NIAAA brief alcohol screener in social work practice for selected prevention targeting youth

Jonathan G. Tubman, Alan Meca, Seth J. Schwartz, Timothy Regan

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Abstract

This article discusses the use of brief screeners in social work practice to identity adolescents in need of selected interventions for alcohol and other drug use problems. Brief screeners can increase access to alcohol or other drug intervention services and promote the diffusion of evidence-based interventions to underserved communities when integrated in Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) initiatives. The two-item NIAAA Brief Alcohol Use Screener is discussed as a developmentally tailored assessment tool that can be integrated into SBIRT in social work practice to improve detection of early-stage alcohol problems among adolescents who lack routine access to preventative health care. The use of brief, empirically supported alcohol screeners in trainings for social work students and new professionals can enhance their preparation and competence to offer child and adolescent clients appropriate selected intervention options to reduce harms associated with underage alcohol use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • alcohol screener
  • assessment
  • selected prevention
  • social work practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Rehabilitation

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