Tobacco and alcohol abuse: Clinical opportunities for effective intervention

M. C. Fiore*, M. F. Fleming, M. E. Burns

*Corresponding author for this work

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No behaviors are more costly to the United States from a health or economic perspective than tobacco and alcohol use. One of the primary strategies available to mitigate this exacting toll is to identify and clinically treat the 25% of adults in America who smoke and the 20% of adults who drink alcohol above recommended limits. During the last two decades, researchers have identified a series of brief clinical interventions that can markedly reduce alcohol and tobacco use and significantly decrease the health burdens resulting from such use. This review outlines office-based clinical interventions and the organizational policies that support these interventions that have been shown to decrease tobacco and alcohol use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-140
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of the Association of American Physicians
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999


  • Alcohol treatment
  • Clinical interventions
  • Tobacco addiction treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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