Effectiveness of Electronic Screening and Brief Interventions (e-SBI) for


SDE Seminars on Alcohol and Substance Abuse
Sustainable Development and Environmental Health – SDE - PAHO/WHO

Guest Speaker Lecture on:

Effectiveness of Electronic Screening and Brief Interventions (e-SBI) for
Reducing Excessive Alcohol Consumption and Related Harms

Monday August 13, 2012

By Marissa Esser, Alcohol Program, ORISE Fellow

US National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion/CDC




To participate In person:
PAHO/WHO -525 23rd ST NW
Washington DC, 20037
Room 812 – 12.30h to 14.00h Eastern Time (WDC)

To participate Online:

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12:30 – 12:50 pm Introductions and Welcome
12:50 - 1:20 pm Presentation
1:20 - 1:50 pm Discussion and comments
1:50 - 2:00 pm Wrap-up



Screening and brief interventions (SBI) for harmful use of alcohol are a cost-effective strategy to reduce the risk of alcohol harms and progress to alcohol dependence. It has been used in many countries and there are WHO and PAHO materials available. They are effective both to the individual and at population level.  


Related material:

The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test Guidelines for Use in Primary Care WHO


Intervención breve vinculada a ASSIST para el consumo riesgoso y nocivo de sustancias




INTERVENCIÓN BREVE Para el Consumo de Riesgo y Perjudicial de Alcohol

Un manual para la utilización en Atención Primaria http://bit.ly/SVXRAP

Cuestionario de Identificación de los Transtornos debidos al Consumo de Alcohol

Pautas para su utilización en Atención Primaria http://bit.ly/MIH9pv


Para reducir o eliminar el consumo de sustancias - Una guía



Scaling up the integration of these interventions in primary health care and across the health system has been a challenge due to resistance of health professionals to adopt a health promotion approach, how to develop the capacity to provide systematic screening and an intervention for those at risk, stigma and misperceptions about the risks of alcohol consumption and the difference between a brief intervention and treatment for alcohol dependence.

With the adoption of the plan of action on reducing harmful use of alcohol and on substance use and public health, PAHO needs to step up its technical cooperation for scaling up Screening and brief interventions SBI in PHC and in other non specialized settings, as to achieve a public health impact with these interventions.

At the same time, as access to e-health increases, there is a potential for self care not previously realized and which may be suitable for reducing alcohol related harm.


This seminar will present a state of the art review to date in the area of e-Screening and brief interventions -SBI and discuss how PAHO and Member States could benefit from the knowledge available

Contact information

Maristela Monteiro Tel 1 202 974 3108 email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Senior Advisor  Alcohol and Substance Abuse PAHO/WHO

Washington DC USA


Last Updated on Thursday, 26 July 2012 14:20