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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.
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 2001 PDF file 281Kb
Computerised feedback challenges belief that most drink more than me
Promising North American alcohol prevention programs exploit the interactivity of CD-ROMs or the internet to provide personalised feedback on (among other things) how the drinking of the the user compares to population norms.
STUDY 1999 PDF file 223Kb
Students respond to brief alcohol intervention
High risk US students selected on the basis of their drinking at school cut their drinking at college in response to a brief face-to-face motivational interview with individualised risk assessments.
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