Review of brief alcohol interventions in prison

Report on the findings from brief interventions for excessive drinking in prisons, as part of the gateways initiative.


Report on brief alcohol interventions in prison: review of the gateways initiative

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This report summarises the findings from alcohol brief interventions across 10 prisons in the North West of England, which forms part of the gateways initiative.

Brief interventions are described as opportunistic conversations about alcohol consumption, which can be carried out in almost any setting.

Prison-based alcohol misuse commissioners and providers can use this report to understand brief interventions in prisons, and provide evidence-based, effective alcohol misuse interventions.

The report contains:

  • an overview of the literature done by the University of Birmingham and King’s College London
  • staff and prisoner perceptions following focus groups and visits to the prisons
  • fact sheets on studies of brief interventions in prison
  • a brief intervention manual
  • academic paper on brief interventions in prisons
Published 1 January 2017