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PLoS One. 2015 Jun 22;10(6):e0131229. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0131229. eCollection 2015.

Evaluation of a Brief Personalised Intervention for Alcohol Consumption in College Students.

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1
Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom.
2
Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom; The UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (UKCTAS), Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Abstract

In the current study we investigated the effect of a brief personalised feedback intervention (BPI), compared to an active control intervention, on outcome measures of (i) alcohol consumption (ii) frequency of binge drinking and (iii) readiness to change (RTC). A sample of 103 college students (mean age=23.85) who consumed alcohol regularly provided baseline measures of drinking behaviour and readiness to change before completing an alcohol-related quiz on the UK Department of Health's Change4Life website (active control). The study was a between subjects design and half the participants were randomly allocated to the BPI group (N=52), who received 10 minutes personalised feedback on their drinking in addition to the alcohol-related quiz. At a two-week follow-up, participants (N=103) repeated the questionnaire battery, and attempted to recall the answers to the alcohol quiz. Results indicated that both groups significantly reduced their alcohol consumption and frequency of binge drinking but there were no significant group differences in either of these measures. We conclude that the provision of generalised information can be as efficient as a BPI for the reduction of alcohol consumption in students.

PMID:
26098848
PMCID:
PMC4476689
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pone.0131229
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