Founded in 2004 at the conclusion of a World Health Organization study, the Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol and Other Drugs (INEBRIA) aims to provide global leadership to researchers and practitioners interested in the potential of screening and brief intervention (SBI) to reduce alcohol-related harm.
Addiction Science & Clinical Practice has recently published a supplement of meeting abstracts of INEBRIA’s 8th Annual Conference in Boston, MA, USA. The goal of the conference, which was attended by 236 people from 19 countries, was to foster international collaborations between screening and brief intervention (SBI) researchers and to facilitate the development and dissemination of SBI research with a particular focus on implementation and sustainability. New findings on lingering research questions were presented, new collaborations among alcohol SBI researchers were formed, and junior SBI researchers benefited from mentoring opportunities as well as having an outlet for their work. The conference was funded in part by grants from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
A thematic series also published in the journal features invited papers from selected conference presentations as well as abstracts presented at the meeting. It is hoped that sharing this information will improve the evidence-based identification and treatment of unhealthy alcohol and other drug use. Future papers may be added to the series from subsequent INEBRIA conferences and other sources, since research on SBI still has many questions to answer. Addiction Science & Clinical Practice provides a forum for clinically relevant research and perspectives that contribute to improving the quality of care for people with unhealthy alcohol, tobacco, or other drug use and addictive behaviours across a spectrum of clinical settings. Readers can sign up for alert alerts here.