Helping Problem Drinkers on the Internet
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01114919|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 3, 2010
Last Update Posted : December 2, 2010
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Alcohol Dependence||Behavioral: Check Your Drinking (CYD) Behavioral: Alcohol Help Centre (AHC)||Not Applicable|
Many problem drinkers never access any treatment services. Because of the individual as well as societal costs of heavy alcohol consumption, it is essential to find ways to intervene and provide assistance to problem drinkers. The Internet takes treatment to problem drinkers rather than requiring them to come to treatment, resulting in increased options for help for alcohol abusers. There is a preponderance of internet websites which are designed for self change in areas that include alcohol use. To date, however, there has been minimal scientific evaluation regarding the efficacy and safety of such programs.
Our own previous research found that we could reduce alcohol consumption by about three drinks per week at a six-month follow-up using a minimal, personalized feedback Internet-based intervention. Building on this, the current project will attempt to increase the impact of Internet-based interventions as well as produce sustained reductions in drinking by adding an extended online self-help service to this already promising minimal intervention. More specifically, this randomized, double blinded study will compare and evaluate the efficacy of two different degrees of treatment intervention for problem drinkers: a minimal one ("Check your Drinking") and a full one ("Alcohol Help Centre").
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Estimated Enrollment :||246 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Masking:||Double (Participant, Investigator)|
|Official Title:||Helping Problem Drinkers on the Internet|
|Study Start Date :||May 2010|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||November 2010|
- Behavioral: Check Your Drinking (CYD)
Internet based program of lower intensity as compared to the "Alcohol Help Centre. It was designed to assesses drinking patterns, increase self-awareness of individual triggers, and set and achieve goals regarding abstinence.
- Behavioral: Alcohol Help Centre (AHC)
Internet based program of higher intensity as compared to the "Check Your Drinking" intervention. It was designed to assesses drinking patterns, increase self-awareness of individual triggers, and set and achieve goals regarding abstinence.
- Frequency of consumption [ Time Frame: 6 months and 12 months ]
- Usual number of drinks per occasion [ Time Frame: 6 months and 12 months ]
- Frequency of consuming 5 or more drinks on one occasion [ Time Frame: 6 months and 12 months ]
- Typical weekly consumption [ Time Frame: 6 months and 12 months ]
- Highest number of drinks on one occasion [ Time Frame: 6 months and 12 months ]
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01114919
|Centre for Addiction and Mental Health|
|Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5T 1R8|
|Principal Investigator:||John Cunningham, PhD||Centre for Addiction and Mental Health|