A brief motivational intervention for heavy alcohol use in dental practice settings: Rationale and development

James Alan Neff, Scott T. Walters, Abby L. Braitman, Michelle L. Kelley, James F. Paulson, Tegwyn H. Brickhouse, John C. Gunsolley, Michele L. Darby, Margaret F. Lemaster, J. Patrick Vandersluis, Margaret M. Walsh

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Although brief alcohol interventions have proven effective in a variety of health care settings, the present article describes the development of the first brief intervention for heavy drinkers in dental practice. Elements of motivational interviewing and personalized normative feedback were incorporated in a 3- to 5-minute intervention delivered by dental hygienists. The intervention is guided by a one-page feedback report providing personalized normative feedback regarding the patient's current oral health practices, their drinking in comparison to others, and oral cancer risk associated with current smoking and drinking. Future publications will present data regarding intervention effectiveness from an ongoing randomized trial.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)542-553
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2013



  • alcohol
  • drinking behavior
  • heavy drinking
  • intervention
  • randomized controlled trial

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