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"As a marriage and family therapist, you are likely to see many individuals, couples, and families in your practice who are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing significant alcohol-related problems. This Guide will: Introduce you to an alcohol problems framework and its implications for alcohol treatment and intervention; Provide you with background information on defining characteristics and prevalence of a range of alcohol problems; Describe the significance of alcohol problems in the couple and family context; Encourage you to adopt a universal screening procedure in your practice for quick and efficient identification of undetected alcohol problems; Provide you with a Clinical Toolbox to conduct effective screenings and assessments of alcohol problems; Help you to decide whether to treat, when to treat, and how to select an appropriate intervention; Teach you the essentials of providing brief interventions for alcohol problems; Examine a range of treatment alternatives and discuss the factors to consider in choosing a treatment strategy or making a referral; and Provide you with a number of resources that will help you utilize the various treatment strategies available or make a referral to specialty treatment alternatives when appropriate. (Author abstract)"