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REVIEW 2010 HTM file
A review of motivational interviewing-based interventions targeting problematic drinking among college students

Studies published in the mid-2000s confirm that counselling based on motivational interviewing helps heavy drinking US college students control their drinking and reduce related problems.

STUDY 2009 HTM file
Thinking about drinking: need for cognition and readiness to change moderate the effects of brief alcohol interventions

This US study found that different types of heavy-drinking college students responded best to different types of brief intervention to promote moderation; a novel finding was that the thinkers among them were most affected by being led to reflect on how their drinking compared to that of the average student.

STUDY 2009 HTM file
What makes group MET work? A randomized controlled trial of college student drinkers in mandated alcohol diversion

US students who broke college drinking rules and were required to undertake an alcohol programme responded better to three hours of group motivational interviewing than six of alcohol education; enhanced confidence that they could resist risky drinking was the key. For colleges it offers an effective but economical response to problem drinkers.

STUDY 2010 HTM file
Providing web-based feedback and social norms information to reduce student alcohol intake: a multisite investigation

The perennial problem of excessive student drinking may have a modern-day remedy in the form of web-based programs comparing the site visitor with other students. This UK trial is not altogether convincing, but the US evidence is on balance positive.

REVIEW 2010 HTM file
Computer-delivered interventions for alcohol and tobacco use: a meta-analysis

Computer-based and in particular internet-based therapies open doors to treatment for drinkers who cannot get or do not want face-to-face-help. This review finds they do curb drinking, but its sub-finding that they are as effective as alternative therapies should not be taken to mean computers can replace therapists.

STUDY 2010 HTM file
Web-based alcohol prevention for incoming college students: a randomized controlled trial

Study at a US college which required new students to complete a short web-based alcohol education/prevention programme shows that such programmes really can start students off on a healthier drinking trajectory.

STUDY 2011 HTM file
Effects of a school-based prevention program on European adolescents' patterns of alcohol use

The largest European drug education trial ever conducted tested whether US-style social influence programmes would prove effective in Europe. Among the successes were the reductions in problem drinking documented in this report.

STUDY 2010 HTM file
The effectiveness of a school-based substance abuse prevention program: 18-month follow-up of the EU-Dap cluster randomized controlled trial

The largest European drug education trial ever conducted tested whether US-style social influence programmes would prove effective in Europe. There were probably some real successes, but these were limited and may have been artefacts of the implementation and analysis of the study.

STUDY 2010 HTM file
Twelve-month follow-up results from a randomized controlled trial of a brief personalized feedback intervention for problem drinkers

With other similar work, this Canadian study suggests that internet-based programs which offer feedback to the user on their drinking in relation to the population and on the risks they may be running can lead to drinking reductions of the same order as face-to-face advice.

STUDY 2009 HTM file
The effect of marijuana scenes in anti-marijuana public service announcements on adolescents' evaluation of ad effectiveness

The most effective anti-drug ads for teenagers show the targeted drug and mount strong arguments against its use. Sounds plausible, but this US study found that when it comes to cannabis and the youngsters most likely to use it, the reverse was the case.


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