UK Ministry of Defence Adapts Violence Research Group 'Have a Word' Training for Military Use
The UK Ministry of Defence has adapted the Violence Research Group's pioneering 'Have a Word' train the trainer alcohol advice programme for military use.
The 'Have a Word' training enables nurses to screen patients for alcohol misuse and to deliver brief interventions for those patients identified as drinking at hazardous levels.
Trials conducted by the Violence Research Group at Cardiff University, and lead by CSRI Co-Director, Director of the Violence and Society Research Group and Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery at Cardiff University's School of Dentistry Professor Jonathon Shepherd, demonstrated that opportunistic brief interventions carried out by nurses (see video) were highly effective. The results showed significant long-term reductions in drinking for 1 in 4 people who had previously consumed alcohol at hazardous levels.
Further information can be found in the MOD's 'Defence people health and wellbeing strategy' which is available to download in full here: www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/530240/Defence_Annual_Health_and_Wellbeing-report-2015_WEB_lowres.pdf