Brief intervention therapy

Brief intervention therapy is a series of short counseling sessions for people with alcohol problems. The sessions usually last between 5 to 20 minutes on one or more occasions.

During these sessions, a primary care doctor gives feedback about problems caused by a person's drinking habits. The doctor will also give advice on how to drink less or quit drinking.

Last Updated: January 26, 2010

Author: Jeannette Curtis

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Peter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction

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