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Basic Facts


The National Risk Drinking Project


The Risk Drinking Project was a Government assignment to the Swedish National Institute of Public Health (now Public Health Agency of Sweden) from 2004 to 2010 with the objective of giving questions about drinking habits an obvious place in everyday healthcare. The project was initially targeted at those who work in primary care, child healthcare, maternity care and the occupational health services. Work was later expanded to also include universities and hospitals.


  • National/regional/local government


  • National
  • Regional


  • Healthcare personnel bring up alcohol issues frequently in routine care.
  • Healthcare personnel have strong self-efficacy, good knowledge and positive attitudes with regard to alcohol issues.


Stakeholder Involvement

  • Target group(s)
  • Intermediate target group
  • Government
  • Researchers
  • Medical Professional Organisations, Hospitals, Local Public Health workers

Logic Model

Scientific model: The Risk Drinking Project began with a baseline questionnaire. The target group comprised all general practitioners, registrars and district nurses empowered to issue prescriptions active in Sweden in primary care, nurses in child healthcare, midwives in maternity care, occupational health physicians and nurses in the occupational health services. 

Past experience: The work of the Risk Drinking Project began with an analysis of obstacles and opportunities to spread and introduce secondary alcohol prevention in Swedish healthcare. First, previous implementation efforts in Swedish and non-Swedish primary care were studied and good examples of methods such as The Risk Drinking Workshop and Motivational Interviewing was included in the programme. Evidence-based Implementation Strategies such as peer to peer training, "bottom up" approach, building on already existing structures etc. was also included.

Elements Of Plan

  • Literature review and/or formative research
  • Needs assessment
  • Detailed plan of action
  • Financial plan
  • Human resource management plan
  • Time schedule
  • Partners' agreement
  • Evaluation plan


Time Frame

  • Continuous

Target Group

  • General Population
  • Adults
  • Parents
  • Pregnant women
  • Families

Communication Channel

  • Television
  • Newspaper/magazines
  • Brochures/leaflets/items
  • Telephone/mobile
  • Website
  • E-mail
  • Meetings/conferences with experts/colleagues
  • Guidelines

Core Activities

The activities consisted of training, information and conferences for healthcare personnel.

Supportive activities

  • Consultancy
  • Training
  • Team meetings



Internal & External


  • Process
  • Impact
  • Outcome


The evaluation shows that significant improvements occurred in most variables studied (outcome measurements). Within primary care, the personnel have become more active in discussing alcohol with patients, have obtained more knowledge about counselling patients regarding alcohol and have gained greater confidence in their own ability (improved self-efficacy) to help patients reduce their hazardous alcohol consumption. Activity in the form of discussions concerning alcohol has increased more than for other life habits. The evaluation also indicates a connection between the degree of alcohol prevention activity and how much training the personnel received in the handling of hazardous alcohol consumption. The personnel with more training were generally more active.


FOLKHALSOMYNDIGHETEN: "Alcohol issues in daily healthcare"

Follow Up

A follow up was done after three years from the base-line.

Additional Information


Contact person: Åsa Wetterqvist, Special adviser

Organization: Public Health Agency of Sweden

Address: 171 82 Solna

Country: Sweden

Telephone number:  +46 10 2052 000

E-mail address:

Additional remarks

Last change: 16. 08. 2016 - 12:34, created: 12. 08. 2016
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