About the Authors

Nicolas Bertholet

Nicolas.Bertholet@chuv.ch

Affiliation Alcohol Treatment Center, Department of community medicine and health, Lausanne University Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland

John A. Cunningham

Affiliations National Institute for Mental Health Research, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada

Mohamed Faouzi

Affiliation Alcohol Treatment Center, Department of community medicine and health, Lausanne University Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland

Jacques Gaume

Affiliation Alcohol Treatment Center, Department of community medicine and health, Lausanne University Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland

Gerhard Gmel

Affiliation Alcohol Treatment Center, Department of community medicine and health, Lausanne University Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland

Bernard Burnand

Affiliation Institute of social and preventive medicine, Department of community medicine and health, Lausanne University Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland

Jean-Bernard Daeppen

Affiliation Alcohol Treatment Center, Department of community medicine and health, Lausanne University Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland

Competing Interests

NB: NB is salaried by by Lausanne University Hospital, a public institution; he has received grants from the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Swiss Foundation for Alcohol Research, and the Department of Community Medicine and Health from the Lausanne University Hospital. He has received no personal support from industry sources such as pharmaceutical, alcohol and tobacco companies and holds no personal stock. He has collaborated with colleagues receiving honorarium from pharmaceutical industry sources and is senior author of two publications using data from a study sponsored by Lundbeck SAS. JAC: JAC has no conflict of interest to report. MF: MF has no conflict of interest to report. JG: JG has collaborated to a study funded by Lundbeck SAS. GG: Over the past five years, GG has received grants from various governmental and quasi-governmental sources, the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Foundation for Alcohol Research, and the World Health Organization. He is currently employed at Addiction Switzerland, a NGO that receives donations from the Swiss general population. He is also employed at the Alcohol Treatment Center of the Lausanne University Hospital. He has received fees from his institutes, WHO, and the Swiss government for attending international meetings. He has received no personal support from industry sources such as pharmaceutical, alcohol and tobacco companies and holds no personal stock. He may have collaborated with colleagues receiving funds from such sources, and may have participated at conferences which were co-sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry. BB: BB is salaried by Lausanne University Hospital, a public institution; he is the Director of Cochrane Switzerland, a branch of Cochrane. JBD: JBD received honorarium from Lundbeck SAS for conferences and advisory board meetings. This does not alter the authors' adherence to PLOS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: NB JBD JAC BB GG. Performed the experiments: NB JBD BB JG JAC. Analyzed the data: NB JG MF. Wrote the paper: NB JBD JAC JG MF GG BB. Secured funding: NB JBD JAC GG BB. Previous work in intervention design: JAC NB.