Prevention and Management of Alcohol Problems in Older Adults: Screening and Brief Intervention Implementation Manual

This brief alcohol intervention approach is designed specifically for an older adult population and relies on concepts of motivational interviewing to enhance older adults’ commitment to change their drinking. This manual reviews aspects of motivational interviewing, the administration of the initial brief alcohol intervention, possible follow-up sessions, and how to handle a number of issues that may occur when working with older adults regarding alcohol use and problems. It is not possible to anticipate every situation that can occur when working with older adults who are at-risk or problem drinkers. However, a thorough knowledge of the material contained in this manual will provide interveners with strategies to deal with unanticipated situations.