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Alcoholism in Undergrads may be Tackled by Web-Based Screening

by Rajashri on September 16, 2009 at 11:02 PM
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 Alcoholism  in Undergrads may be Tackled by Web-Based Screening

Researchers have said that web-based screening and personalized interventions can help fight the menace of alcoholism among undergraduate students.

Young people at university have a particularly high prevalence of unhealthy alcohol use, and have been found to drink more heavily and to exhibit more clinically significant alcohol-related problems than their non-student peers.

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Dr. Kypros Kypri, of the University of Newcastle, Callaghan, New South Wales, Australia and the University of Otago, New Zealand, and colleagues analysed results from a 2007 Web-based Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test taken by 7,237 undergraduate university students (ages 17 to 24) in Australia.

The participants who scored in the hazardous/harmful drinking range were placed in either a Web-based intervention group, which received motivational assessments and personalized feedback or a control group, which received no feedback.
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"After one month, participants receiving intervention drank less often, smaller quantities per occasion and less alcohol overall than did controls," said the authors.

"Differences in alcohol-related harms were nonsignificant. At six months, intervention effects persisted for drinking frequency and overall volume but not for other variables.

"Given the scale on which proactive Web-based electronic screening and brief intervention (e-SBI) can be delivered and its acceptability to student drinkers, we can be optimistic that a widespread application of this intervention would produce a benefit in this population group," they added.

The study appears in Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

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