Step 5: Communication

Conclusion: After further discussion with Betty, you decide to give her a brief intervention where you review her reasons for drinking, the adverse effects of alcohol and her drinking cues. You advise her to decrease her alcohol intake and she agrees to decrease her alcohol intake to 1 drink during the week and 2 drinks on the weekend. Betty comes to the follow-up appt you arranged with her in 2 weeks and states that she has been able to decrease her alcohol use and has noticed benefits such as fewer headaches and daytime fatigue. You plan to see her again in 1 month.