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J Am Coll Health. 2010 Jan-Feb;58(4):357-64. doi: 10.1080/07448480903501764.

Brief screening and intervention for alcohol and drug use in a college student health clinic: feasibility, implementation, and outcomes.

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Institute on Urban Health Research, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA. h.amaro@neu.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Evaluation of the Brief Alcohol Screen and Intervention in College Students (BASICS) in a university primary care setting.

PARTICIPANTS/METHODS:

Undergraduates (N = 449) participated in BASICS and electronic surveys assessing frequency/quantity of alcohol and drug use, psychosocial and mental health outcomes, and demographic information. Data were collected at baseline and 6-month follow-up between August 2006 and August 2008.

RESULTS:

Drinking and drug use decreased between baseline and 6 months. Participants reported an increase in protective factors and in readiness to change alcohol-related behaviors, and a decrease in alcohol-related consequences and in distress symptoms. Heavy episodic drinking at baseline significantly moderated the changes in number of drinks in a typical week and in a typical weekend, and number of drinks on the occasion drank most on a weekend.

CONCLUSIONS:

BASICS can be implemented in a primary health care setting and university students may reduce their alcohol and/or drug use.

PMID:
20159759
DOI:
10.1080/07448480903501764
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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