MyStudentBody.com: Alcohol (MSB:Alcohol) is an interactive, web-based brief intervention for alcohol use in college student populations.
Grounded in motivational interviewing and social learning theory, the program offers a risk assessment with tailored motivational feedback to help heavy drinking college students identify potential problems related to alcohol use, clarify social norms regarding use, and develop goals and strategies to reduce their alcohol use.
Additional features include educational articles, how-to strategies to promote coping skills, audio peer stories by other students, and interactive tools to facilitate prevention education as well as goal-setting plans to reduce use.
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Screening and Brief Intervention (SBI)
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
Young Adults (18-30)
My Student Body: A high-risk drinking prevention website for college students.
Chiauzzi E, Green TC, Lord S, Thum C, Goldstein M. Journal of American College Health. 2005. 53(6): 263-274. PMCID: PMC1885481.
Summary: In this single-blind randomized, controlled clinical trial, 265 college-aged binge drinkers received four consecutive weekly 20-minute sessions of either MSB:Alcohol or a text-based education only website. Through online self-assessments at baseline, post-intervention, and a 3-month follow-up the participants’ readiness to change, alcohol use, and alcohol-related problems were measured.
86% of MSB:Alcohol and 89% of control group participants completed all four sessions. The intervention proved especially effective for women, persistent binge drinkers, and low-motivation drinkers. Persistent reductions in alcohol use occurred across groups, however persistent heavy binge drinkers in MSB:Alcohol group experienced a more rapid decrease in average and peak consumption relative to those in control condition. Students in the trial indicated a significant difference in overall satisfaction with the MSB:Alcohol site compared with the control site; significantly more users of the intervention rated the site as successful in addressing health issue relevant to college students.
Take Away: The authors deem MSB:Alcohol a useful intervention for reaching important subgroups of college binge drinkers.