SBIRT reduces alcohol and drug misuse
The US Preventive Services Task Force (2009) found SBIRT effectively reduced heavy drinking episodes in adults and resulted in:
- reduced weekly alcohol consumption
- 12% fewer adults reported heavy drinking episodes, and
- 11% of adults reported drinking less than the recommended limits over a 12 month period.
A 2009 article in the Journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence found a 68% reduction in illicit drug use over a six-month period among individuals who had received SBIRT services.