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Responses and referral.

Macpherson, Scott; Warrender, Dan


Scott Macpherson


David B. Cooper


This chapter is aimed at practitioners who may not have specialist knowledge of how to respond to people who have problems with alcohol and identifies helpful responses and options for referral. The context of alcohol as a mainstay of many cultures is explored, along with the impact of this upon people who experience problems with alcohol, as well as practitioners who work with people experiencing such problems. Therapeutic principles are emphasised in terms of their paramount importance in providing a useful response. The assessment process is outlined, with discussion on options for appropriate referral. Finally, brief interventions are explored, providing a useful framework for practitioners to facilitate useful engagements even within a short space of time.


MACPHERSON, S. and WARRENDER, D. 2023. Responses and referral. In Cooper, D.B. (ed.) Alcohol use: assessment, withdrawal management, treatment and therapy: ethical practice. Cham: Springer [online], chapter 9, pages 151-163. Available from:

Acceptance Date Jan 31, 2023
Online Publication Date Jan 31, 2023
Publication Date Feb 1, 2023
Deposit Date Mar 2, 2023
Publicly Available Date Feb 1, 2025
Publisher Springer
Pages 151-163
Book Title Alcohol use: assessment, withdrawal management, treatment and therapy: ethical practice
Chapter Number 9
ISBN 9783031183805; 9783031183836
Keywords Alcohol; Socialisation; Therapeutic relationships; Assessment; Referral; Brief interventions
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