Role of Alcohol Specialist Nurses in Successfully Inducing Alcohol Abstinence

If properly informed and advisory meetings are held by Nurses having Alcohol specialty maintaining regularity, it is observed that 40 % of the persons having alcohol dependence give up consumption of alcohol totally. This is based on a study conducted and reported at the Royal College of Nursing’s 2010 International Research Conference held in Gateshead.

Dr. Kathryn Cobain, Research Fellow at University of Liverpool observed that after carrying out regular intervention sessions in which motivational talks were initiated resulting into 77 % of the participating individuals, who continued in the study group till it’s concluding time achieved remarkable reduction in alcohol addiction and 40 % achieved complete alcohol abstinence.

The research study was comprised of two groups of 100 alcohol depending adults belonging to North West of England. One of the groups just received one intervention motivation sitting in the beginning by alcohol specialist nurse and six follow up sittings with proper regularity spread in a period of 3 months.

The intervention process included motivational sittings, questionnaire response, advisory session, dissemination of related information ad discussion on the feedback received. The control group was given an appointment after lapse of 6 months.

It is observed that none of the control group was in a position to stop drinking after the trial period ended, in comparison to the other group, who were in constant touch with the alcohol specialist nurse, the results were very remarkable 40 % of the group succeeded in abstaining from alcohol consumption altogether. It was brought on record the fact that in the year 2008 there was incidence of 9000 alcohol related deaths in UK, which highlighted the necessity of effective action in regarding helping people to reduce alcohol consumption.

Dr. Cobain commented “About the demonstration derived from the trial study regarding role and prospects of Alcohol Specialist Nurses in effectively reducing alcohol consumption in alcohol dependent patients. The approaching method deployed is very simple and effective for considering as a recognized treatment option for alcohol dependence sufferers.”

Dr. Peter Carter said this trial has strengthened various other evidences reflecting the valuable contribution a nurse can provide by effectively reducing the harmful effects suffered by Alcohol dependent patients. This is a real opportunity to make people realize that they are drinking in excess. The warning appearing before persons supported by advice and related information. Based on this trial a training module has been devised for the nurses to enhance their skills in implementing intervention process for reducing alcohol dependence or achieving alcohol abstinence in alcohol dependent patients.


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