Internet Program Reduces College Drinking

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According to a new study conducted by Australian researchers, web based interventions may be useful in reducing binge drinking in college students. The study, which was published in the Sept. 14 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, found that students who participated in the online program drank 17% less alcohol than controls. The online program consisted of a motivational online assessment accompanied by personalized feedback. While the program was not as successful as a similar online counseling program at the same campus, the accessibility and apparent student interest in the program make the possibilities alluring. According to Kypros Kypri, PhD, of the University of Newcastle, and colleagues, “Given the scale on which [the intervention] 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…” Click here to read an article from US News and World Report that discusses the study further.

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