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STUDY 2004 PDF file 181Kb
Family check-up builds on teachers' abilities to identify problem pupils

Using teachers' ratings to target the families of high-risk pupils, a US study has shown that a few hours spent improving parental monitoring and response to childrens' behaviour can lead two years later to reductions in substance use.

REVIEW 2009 HTM file
Guide to implementing family skills training programmes for drug abuse prevention

UN-commissioned guidance from international experts on how to mount prevention programmes based on family skills training involving parents and children in a joint effort to improve family dynamics and child development. Engaging parents seems the major barrier.

STUDY 2010 HTM file
Long-term effects of the Strong African American Families program on youths’ alcohol use

Five years later a parent-and-child alcohol use prevention programme developed for poor black families with 11-year-old children in the USA’s rural south was found to have retarded the growth in average drinking frequency. Results were consistently positive, but methodological issues limit confidence in the findings.

STUDY 2001 PDF file 384Kb
Mailshot triggers reduced drinking among concerned problem drinkers

From Canada, the first study to find that using inexpensive mass communication methods to challenge false beliefs that most other people drink more can cut drinking among heavy drinkers, in this case only those already concerned about the risks.

OFFCUT 2004 PDF file 104Kb
Positive Futures reconnects alienated British teenagers

The sports-based Positive Futures project aims to re-engage marginalised youngsters at risk of substance use problems in the most deprived or high-crime neighbourhoods in England and Wales. Early reports suggest this innovative Home Office initiative is working.

STUDY 2005 PDF file 156Kb
High-risk youngsters respond to coherent, consistent and interactive after-school activities

Analyses of 48 US government-funded after-school and youth work projects for 9–18-year-olds at high risk of drug problems found that only interactive, well structured projects with supported and engaged staff curbed progression to more frequent substance use.

STUDY 2011 HTM file
Efficacy of brief motivational intervention in reducing binge drinking in young men: a randomized controlled trial

Binge drinkers among young Swiss men being conscripted in to the army responded to around 16 minutes of alcohol advice by on average cutting their intake 20% more than recruits whose drinking was simply assessed, a rare demonstration of the impact of a brief intervention in an unselected population.

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
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 2010 HTM file
Are effects from a brief multiple behavior intervention for college students sustained over time?

At a US university students at first cut back their drinking and cannabis use in response to a brief face-to-face fitness consultation, but the gains were no longer apparent a year after intervention. Yet still at that time they had at least experienced more positive trends in how they felt than students who had just read a fitness brochure.


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