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J Subst Abuse Treat. 2013 Jul;45(1):31-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2012.12.008. Epub 2013 Jan 28.

A randomized trial evaluating a parent based intervention to reduce college drinking.

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Department of Counselor Education, Institute for the Study of Addiction, Boise State University, Boise, ID 83725-1721, USA.


This study evaluated the effectiveness of a parent based intervention (PBI) in reducing drinking among first year college students (N=443). Students were assigned to one of three conditions: PBI, PBI plus booster brochures (PBI-B), and an assessment only control group (CNT). At a 4-month post-intervention follow-up, results indicated students in the PBI-B group reported significantly less drinking to intoxication and peak drinking relative to the PBI group and CNT group. No significant differences were found between the PBI group and CNT group. Results provide further support for PBIs to reduce college student drinking and suggest that a booster brochure increases the effectiveness of PBIs.

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