|Awarded On||February 19, 2020|
|Title||Screening and Treatment for Unhealthy Alcohol Use as a Means of Cancer Prevention|
|Award Mechanism||Evidence-Based Prevention Programs and Services|
|Institution/Organization||The University of Texas at Austin|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||Michael Pignone|
|Cancer Sites||Breast, Colorectal, Esophagus, Gallbladder, Head and Neck, Liver and Intrahepatic Bile Duct|
Need: Excess alcohol use is an important but under-recognized risk factor for cancer. In 2014, alcohol intake was the third most important risk factor for cancer incidence and mortality in the US, leading to increased incidence of multiple types of cancer, including breast, head and neck, esophageal, colorectal, and liver cancer, a key CPRIT priority area. Excess alcohol use is a particularly important risk factor in Central Texas. Screening for unhealthy alcohol use and offering brief counseling to reduce risky drinking and more extensive treatment (behavioral or pharmacological or both) to patients with alcohol use disorders can reduce unhealthy alcohol use. Lower levels of unhealthy alcoh...