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.
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