Talking Point: Alcohol brief interventions in the breast screening setting – are they needed, are they acceptable and do they work? presented by Dr Jasmin Grigg on 26th October 2022


Alcohol is a major modifiable risk factor for breast cancer, accountable for 4.4% of breast cancer cases (5.8% of cases in Australia) and 10% of breast cancer deaths worldwide. Yet, awareness of this risk remains low, including among mid-older age women who are at highest lifetime risk for developing breast cancer.

Coinciding with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this presentation will consider how population-based breast screening programs are uniquely positioned to provide timely health information and behaviour change strategies to improve women’s alcohol literacy and reduce consumption.

With approximately 43 million women participating in breast screening annually in Australia, the US and UK alone, this setting has the potential for extensive reach.

This presentation describes our recent research, where we:

  • sought to understand the need for, and acceptability of, alcohol health information offered in the breast screen setting 
  • collaboratively designed a tailored alcohol brief intervention with women who participate in breast screening (Health4Her), and 
  • tested the effectiveness of the Health4Her intervention in improving alcohol literacy and reducing consumption among women attending a breast screening service. 

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About the presenter

Dr Jasmin Grigg PhD MPH BPsych(Hons) is a Research Fellow in Addiction Studies at the Eastern Health Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences of Monash University, and Turning Point, Eastern Health. She is experienced in clinical research methods and mixed-methods implementation research, and her research focuses on women’s health, novel public health interventions, and addictions treatment.