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Efficacy of a Web-Based, Tailored, Alcohol Prevention/Intervention Program for College Students: 3-Month Follow-Up

NCJ Number
Journal of Drug Education Volume: 41 Issue: 4 Dated: 2011 Pages: 405-430
C. Raymond Bingham, Ph.D.; Andrea Ippel Barretto, M.H.S.; Maureen A. Walton, Ph.D.; Christopher M Bryant, M.S.; Jean T. Shope, Ph.D.; Trivellore E. Raghunathan, Ph.D.
Date Published
26 pages
This study investigated the effectiveness of a Web-based tailored motivational prevention/intervention program aimed at reducing alcohol consumption and risky behaviors among first-year college students.
This study presents the results of an efficacy evaluation of a Web-based brief motivational alcohol prevention/intervention program called Michigan Prevention and Alcohol Safety for Students (M-PASS). Four on-line sessions providing individually-tailored feedback were delivered to first-year college students over 9 weeks. Non- and low-risk drinking participants received risk prevention, while high-risk drinking participants received a risk-reduction intervention. Both intervention and control groups were surveyed at baseline and at a 3-month follow-up. Analysis showed positive effects for both men and women on stage of change, drinking behavior, drinking motivation and attitudes, and use of risk-reduction strategies. These results provided evidence of efficacy and found that M-PASS had both intervention and prevention effects, making it unique among currently developed brief alcohol interventions for college students. (Published Abstract)