To the Editor: We read with great interest the article by Holmwood1 which provides a new perspective on alcohol screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) in primary care settings. Holmwood argues that even though addressing unhealthy alcohol consumption in clinical practice has its place, the effectiveness of SBIRT in reducing alcohol intake is supported by little evidence. The author concludes that emphasis should be placed on strategies with the strongest evidence, such as harm reduction policies.
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