AHRQ Announces Unhealthy Alcohol Use Initiative


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), announced a $16 million initiative to help primary care practices increase efforts to address patients’ unhealthy alcohol use.

AHRQ's new initiative to reduce unhealthy alcohol use launched in October 2019. AHRQ has awarded 3-year grants to six institutions across the country. The grantees will disseminate and implement into primary care practices evidence-based approaches to improve the use of screening for unhealthy alcohol use, brief intervention for those at risk, and medication therapy for alcohol use disorder. Together, the grantees are expected to work with more than 700 primary care practices. Grantees will receive support from AHRQ through a resource center and participation in a learning community. Grantees will evaluate their dissemination and implementation efforts, and an external evaluator will conduct a cross-grantee evaluation.