Thursday, July 25, 2019

New Report: Health Watch

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recently published a report summarizing 2017 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data on the implementation of alcohol screening and brief intervention (ASBI) in primary care settings in Colorado. This report provides the first population-level overview of ASBI implementation in Colorado among a representative sample of adults ≥18 years.

Key Findings:
  • Most adults who saw a healthcare provider (87%) reported being screened for alcohol use in some way.
  • Alcohol screening specifically for binge drinking (38%) was significantly lower than screening for alcohol use more broadly.
  • Less than one in four adults (22%) who saw a health care provider reported receiving general advice about harmful and risky levels of alcohol use.
  • Only 17% of adults who binge drink who were screened for alcohol use were advised to reduce or quit drinking.