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J Am Coll Health. 2012;60(4):269-80. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2011.599352.

Effectiveness of the Brief Alcohol and Screening Intervention for College Students (BASICS) program with a mandated population.

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School of Public Health and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study evaluated the effectiveness of a large-scale intervention designed to reduce alcohol abuse among adjudicated college students.

PARTICIPANTS:

Participants were college students mandated to attend a Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) program and a randomly selected comparison group of high-risk drinkers.

METHODS:

Data were collected from January 2006 through December 2008. A total of 1,390 (67%) students in the intervention group and 508 (61%) students in the comparison group completed baseline and 6-month follow-up surveys.

RESULTS:

Male students in the intervention group significantly decreased their drinking at follow-up, whereas those in the comparison group increased their drinking. Women in both the intervention and comparison groups decreased their drinking at 6 months.

CONCLUSIONS:

When implemented with fidelity, BASICS is a generally effective intervention, especially for male adjudicated college students. The intervention was most effective for moderate- and high-risk drinkers.

PMID:
22559086
DOI:
10.1080/07448481.2011.599352
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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