Prevention of Alcohol Related Incidents in Air Force Technical Training (AFIV)

This study is currently recruiting participants.
Verified November 2013 by University of Tennessee
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
University of Minnesota - Clinical and Translational Science Institute
United States Air Force
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Gerald W. Talcott, University of Tennessee
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01398319
First received: July 11, 2011
Last updated: November 26, 2013
Last verified: November 2013
  Purpose

The prevalence of alcohol related incidents in technical training is too high. A brief group alcohol intervention was designed to reduce the number of alcohol related incidents in Technical Training.

Hypotheses or Research Questions:

Can a brief group alcohol intervention, focused on responsible use of alcohol during technical training reduce the prevalence of alcohol related incidents?


Condition Intervention
Alcohol Abuse
Behavioral: Group Brief Alcohol Intervention

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Predictors of Smokeless Tobacco and Dual Use in the US Military and the Prevention of Alcohol Related Incidents Using a Brief Alcohol Intervention in Air Force Technical Training

Further study details as provided by University of Tennessee:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Number of alcohol related incidents [ Time Frame: 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Alcohol related incidents are anonymously tracked throughout the course of technical training


Estimated Enrollment: 25000
Study Start Date: October 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: April 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: April 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Group Brief Alcohol Intervention
The number of alcohol related incidents for the year prior the initiation of the BAI will be compared to the number of alcohol related incidents when Airmen were exposed to the BAI
Behavioral: Group Brief Alcohol Intervention
Intervention includes identifying reasons for joining the military, roadblocks to successful completion of training, information about alcohol, two anonymous self-assessments, information on quantity-based alcohol consumption in order to reduce the risk of incidents.

Detailed Description:

As a part of Air Force Technical Training orientation week, all Airmen attending Technical Training at Lackland AFB, TX are given a brief group alcohol intervention (BAI) designed to reduce the number of alcohol related incidents during attendance at technical training.

The BAI was designed and approved by the sponsor as a Quid Pro Quo for having time in technical to conduct a tobacco use Cohort study. The intervention was designed to take advantage of the 8.5 weeks of forced alcohol use cessation during Basic Military Training.

Because the BAI was considered a part of Technical Training Orientation Airmen were not consented for the BAI and no personally identifying information was collected. The Airmen were however consented for participation in the Tobacco Cohort study.

Significance: Too many Airmen who have successfully completed Basic Military Training have an alcohol related incidents during Technical Training which can result in administrative separation from the Air Force. These incidents are avoidable. Approximately 12,000 Airmen attend Technical Training in San Antonio each year and the costs associated with early discharge are not trivial. Additionally, new Airmen become extremely distressed when they are sent home, after completing 8.5 weeks of Basic Military Training, due to an alcohol related incident.

The BAI capitalizes on entry into Technical Training as a potential teachable moment for new Airmen. It is a time when both Airmen and Technical Training staff are highly motivated to graduate every qualified Airman possible.

The BAI is an interactive group intervention. The intervention is conducted as a briefing and given to approximately 50 Airmen per session and lasts approximately 45 minutes. The content includes helping Airmen clearly identify their reasons for joining the Air Force as well as possible roadblocks to successful completion of technical training. The intervention includes basic information about alcohol for those Airmen who chose to drink, two anonymous self assessments, and information about how to consume alcohol in smaller time-based quantities to decrease the risk of an alcohol related incident.

The study will compare the prevalence of alcohol related incidents for the 10,953 Airmen who attended technical training during the 12-month time period prior to the initiation of the BAI to the prevalence of alcohol related incidents for the 15,000 Airmen who will receive the BAI during the course of this investigation.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Airmen entering technical training in San Antonio Texas
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01398319

Contacts
Contact: Phyllis A. Richey, Ph.D. 901-448-5900 prichey@uthsc.edu
Contact: Beate B. Griffin, R.N., BS. 901-448-5900 bgriffin@uthsc.edu

Locations
United States, Texas
37th Training Group Recruiting
Lackland AFB, Texas, United States, 78236
Contact: Phyllis A. Richey, Ph.D.    901-448-5900    prichey@uthsc.edu   
Contact: Beate B. Griffin, RN., BS    901-448-5900    bgriffin@uthsc.edu   
Principal Investigator: Gerald W. Talcott, Ph.D.         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Tennessee
University of Minnesota - Clinical and Translational Science Institute
United States Air Force
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Robert C. Klesges, Ph.D. University of Tennessee Health Science Center and St. Jude Childrens' Research Hospital
Principal Investigator: Harry Lando, Ph.D. University of Minnesota - Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Principal Investigator: Gerald W. Talcott, Ph.D. University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Gerald W. Talcott, Associate Professor, University of Tennessee
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01398319     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: FWH20100149H-1, 1R01CA141567-01
Study First Received: July 11, 2011
Last Updated: November 26, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by University of Tennessee:
prevention
alcohol abuse

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Alcoholism
Alcohol-Related Disorders
Substance-Related Disorders
Mental Disorders
Ethanol
Anti-Infective Agents, Local
Anti-Infective Agents
Therapeutic Uses
Pharmacologic Actions
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Central Nervous System Agents

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on April 15, 2014