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J Subst Abuse Treat. 2009 Oct;37(3):266-76. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2009.03.001. Epub 2009 Mar 31.

A web application for moderation training: initial results of a randomized clinical trial.

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  • 1Research Division, Behavior Therapy Associates LLP, 9426 Indian School Road NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112, USA.


Eighty-four heavy drinkers who responded to a newspaper recruitment advertisement were randomly assigned to receive either (a) training in a Moderate Drinking protocol via an Internet-based program ( and use of the online resources of Moderation Management (MM; or (b) use of the online resources of MM alone. Follow-ups are being conducted at 3, 6, and 12 months. Results of the recently completed 3-month follow-up (86% follow-up) indicated both groups significantly reduced their drinking based on these variables: standard drinks per week, percent days abstinent, and mean estimated blood alcohol concentration (BAC) per drinking day. Both groups also significantly reduced their alcohol-related problems. Relative to the control group, the experimental group had better outcomes on percent days abstinent and log drinks per drinking day. These short-term outcome data provide evidence for the effectiveness of both the Moderate Drinking Web application and of the resources available online at MM in helping heavy drinkers reduce their drinking and alcohol-related problems.

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