Two-Year Outcome of Alcohol Interventions in Swedish University Halls of Residence: A Cluster Randomized Trial of a Brief Skills Training Program, Twelve-Step-Influenced Intervention, and Controls.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Background: High-risk alcohol consumption among university students is well documented. Several types of intervention have proved to be effective in reducing alcohol consumption. This study examines the 2-year outcome of 2 different alcohol intervention programs at university halls of residence.

Methods: Ninety-eight university halls of residence (with 556 students) were cluster randomized to 2 different intervention groups: a brief skills training program (BSTP) with interactive lectures and discussions, a twelve-step–influenced (TSI) program with didactic lectures by therapists trained in the 12-step approach, and a control group. All students completing the baseline assessment received personalized feedback by mail. Students responded to mailed follow-up questionnaires after 1, 2, and 3 years, including alcohol use disorders identification test (AUDIT; years 2 and 3), short index of problems (SIP), and estimated blood alcohol concentration (eBAC).

Results: All groups significantly reduced their AUDIT scores from baseline to the second year follow-up, with no significant differences between the groups. Seventy-seven percent of the students belonged to a population with high-risk consumption, using the AUDIT cut-off scores of 8 and 4 for men and women, respectively. Students with high-risk alcohol consumption showed significant differences in AUDIT score reduction in favor of the BSTP compared with controls, and had a tendency to show better results than the TSI intervention (p=0.06). Similar trends could be seen using SIP and eBAC. The TSI did not differ significantly from the control group within the group of students with high-risk alcohol consumption.

Conclusions: This study suggests that a BSTP is effective as an intervention in students with high-risk alcohol consumption.

Details

Authors
Organisations
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Substance Abuse

Keywords

  • students in residence halls, cluster randomized controlled trial, alcohol intervention, twelve-step-influenced program, brief skills training program, university
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)458-466
JournalAlcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research
Volume31
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes

Total downloads

No data available

Related research output

Ståhlbrandt, H., 2008, Department of Health Sciences, Lund University. 117 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (compilation)

View all (1)