Recommendation ID
Is contingency management effective in reducing alcohol consumption in people who misuse alcohol compared with standard care?
Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)
Why this is important:- Psychological interventions are an important therapeutic option for people with alcohol-related problems. However, even with the most effective current treatment (for example, cognitive behavioural therapies and social network and environment-based therapies), the effects are modest at best and the treatments are not effective for everyone. Contingency management has a considerable and compelling evidence base in the treatment of substance misuse (for example, opioid misuse) but there is only a limited, if promising, evidence base for contingency management in the treatment of alcohol-related problems. The results of this research will have important implications for the provision of psychological treatment for alcohol misuse in the NHS.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Alcohol-use disorders: diagnosis, assessment and management of harmful drinking (high-risk drinking) and alcohol dependence
Date issued
February 2011

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No