My Student Body: A High-Risk Drinking Prevention Web Site for College Students

Inflexxion, Newton, Massachusetts, United States
Journal of American College Health (Impact Factor: 1.45). 05/2005; 53(6):263-74. DOI: 10.3200/JACH.53.6.263-274
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The authors investigated the efficacy of an interactive Web site, Alcohol (MSB:Alcohol) that offers a brief, tailored intervention to help heavy drinking college students reduce their alcohol use. They conducted a randomized, controlled clinical trial to compare the intervention with an alcohol education Web site at baseline, postintervention, and 3-month follow-up. Students were assessed on various drinking measures and their readiness to change their drinking habits. The intervention was especially effective for women and persistent binge drinkers. Compared with women who used the control Web site, women who used the intervention significantly reduced their peak and total consumption during special occasions and also reported significantly fewer negative consequences related to drinking. In addition, persistent heavy binge drinkers in the experimental group experienced a more rapid decrease in average consumption and peak consumption compared with those in the control group. The authors judged MSB:Alcohol a useful intervention for reaching important subgroups of college binge drinkers.

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