Objective: The purpose of this randomized controlled study was to examine the efficacy of a brief, web-based personalized feedback intervention (the eCHECKUP TO GO) on alcohol use and alcohol-related consequences among high school seniors. Method: Participants (N = 221) were high school seniors randomized by class period to either a brief, web-based personalized feedback intervention (the eCHECKUP TO GO) or an assessment-only control group. Participants completed online surveys at baseline and at a 6-week follow-up. Results: Students participating in the eCHECKUP TO GO intervention reported a significant reduction in weekly drinking quantity, peak drinking quantity, and frequency of drinking to intoxication relative to those in the control group. Intervention effects were moderated by high-risk status (one or more episodes of heavy episodic drinking in the past 2 weeks reported at baseline) such that intervention effects were significant for high-risk students only. Results for alcohol-related consequences were not significant. Conclusions: Providing a brief, web-based personalized feedback intervention in the school setting is a promising approach for reducing problem alcohol use among high school seniors who report recent heavy episodic drinking.
This is an author-produced, peer-reviewed version of this article. The final, definitive version of this document can be found online at Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, published by Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies. Copyright restrictions may apply. doi: 10.15288/jsad.2017.78.706
Doumas, Diana M.; Esp, Susan; Flay, Brian; and Bond, Laura. (2017). "A Randomized Controlled Trial Testing the Efficacy of a Brief Online Alcohol Intervention for High School Seniors". Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 78(5), 706-715.