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Is the Internet an Effective Intervention Tool?

This systematic review, published in Alcohol and Alcoholism, suggests that the internet is more effective than print-based interventions but less effective than face-to-face interventions for binge drinking among college students. The title links to the full article. The Use of the Internet for Prevention of Binge Drinking Among the College Population: A Systematic Review of [...]

By | June 10th, 2015|Alcohol, Binge Drinking, College students, How To, Literature|Comments Off on Is the Internet an Effective Intervention Tool?

College Students Who Use Alcohol Mixed with Energy Drinks

This research is currently only available on-line; we will update the citation when it is published in the print journal. Abstract: Objective: To examine characteristics of alcohol mixed with energy drink (AmED) use in a sample of college students. Participants: College students (N =614, 53% female) in their second year of college participated during the fall of [...]

By | June 8th, 2015|Alcohol, College students, Literature|Comments Off on College Students Who Use Alcohol Mixed with Energy Drinks

Reaching Community College Students with An Online Intervention

From a study published online in the journal, Addiction Research and Theory: Abstract: Problems associated with alcohol use are well-documented among traditional 4-year college students, but less is known about community college students' alcohol use. The few published articles that have investigated alcohol consumption among community college students suggest that risky alcohol consumption is a [...]

By | June 8th, 2015|Alcohol, College students, Literature|Comments Off on Reaching Community College Students with An Online Intervention

How much should we worry about powdered alcohol?

Here's some useful information about powdered alcohol (Palcohol) from Kristen Kidd Donovan, MPH, the very experienced Assistant Director of Substance Abuse Prevention for the Wellness Center at Virginia Commonwealth University: In an informal email, Kristen wrote: I spent some time this week wrapping my head around this problem, and I'm ready to cross it off [...]

By | May 22nd, 2015|Alcohol, Binge Drinking, News|Comments Off on How much should we worry about powdered alcohol?

Where do I rank?

This interesting small experiment randomly assigned 101 U.K. college students with excessive drinking to one of four conditions. In each condition, the students received one message a week for four weeks. The messages varied by condition: official alcohol consumption guidelines  how their consumption compared to official guidelines how their consumption compared to the sample mean where their [...]

By | May 13th, 2015|Alcohol, Binge Drinking, College students, Literature, Social Norms|Comments Off on Where do I rank?

Reaching Students Where They Live: On Line

We mentioned our Google Scholar alert for "normative misperceptions" in a previous post about a paper that was interesting but not directly relevant. Here is a prime example of the opposite result from our alert: a paper that is interesting and directly relevant. From the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of [...]

By | May 5th, 2015|Alcohol, Binge Drinking, College students, Literature, Social Norms|Comments Off on Reaching Students Where They Live: On Line

Bystander Skills in Risky Drinking Situations

Bystander Training for Drinking Situations among College Students How can bystanders become rescuers? Bystander training programs help give individuals skills and confidence to intervene in risky situations like sexual violence, bullying, drug overdoses, and drunk driving. However, people intervening often face dilemmas in balancing concern for the safety of others with maintaining their own social [...]

By | May 4th, 2015|Alcohol, Binge Drinking, College students, How To, Literature|Comments Off on Bystander Skills in Risky Drinking Situations

Social Marketing Campaigns for Minimizing Alcohol Harm

Six key ingredients can increase success Social marketing uses conventional marketing tools and techniques with the aim not of making profit, but of promoting individual and group behavior changes that reap health or social benefits. There are 6 key elements in the social marketing approach that work best when used all together. A new literature [...]

By | April 6th, 2015|Alcohol, Binge Drinking, College students, How To, Literature, Social Marketing, Social Norms|Comments Off on Social Marketing Campaigns for Minimizing Alcohol Harm

Parents Who Supply Teens with Alcohol

Audience segmentation to create more effective prevention messages A recent Australian study found several clues to understand what motivates parents to provide alcohol to their underage children: They want their child to fit in with other kids They want to be the child’s “friend” as well as a parent (the “cool” parent) They see it [...]

By | March 20th, 2015|Alcohol, Literature, News, Social Marketing, Social Norms|Comments Off on Parents Who Supply Teens with Alcohol

Fraternity/Sorority Association with Heavy Drinking: Chicken-Or-Egg Question

Do problem drinkers self-select into fraternities and sororities? College students affiliated with Greek letter organizations (e.g., fraternities and sororities) are more likely to drink within the past month than unaffiliated students (B = 0.73, p < 0.01), according to a recent analysis of National College Health Assessment (NCHA) data (Foster et al., 2014). The question [...]

By | March 16th, 2015|Alcohol, Binge Drinking, College students, Literature, News, Social Norms|Comments Off on Fraternity/Sorority Association with Heavy Drinking: Chicken-Or-Egg Question