Web-based Brief Alcohol Intervention Effective for College Students

Web-based brief alcohol intervention has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to reduce alcohol consumption among college and university students.

This has again been reported, this time among a sample of 2,435 undergraduate students in Australia who scored positive for hazardous drinking on the Alcohol Abuse Disorders Identification Test. The sample and control students both received a web-based assessment of their drinking, whereas the experimental group also received personalized feedback. Blinded evaluation of alcohol consumption and negative consequences was performed at one and six-month periods.

Students who received the personalized feedback reported significantly fewer drinking days and significantly less heavy drinking.

Web-based alcohol intervention with personalized feedback is an effective way to reach large populations of college and university students.

 

Source:

  • Kypri, K., et al. Randomized controlled trial of proactive web-based alcohol screening and brief intervention for university students. Archives of Internal Medicine, 2009, 169(16), 1508-1514.

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