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Web-based Personalized Feedback for University Students

This study has been completed.
University of Houston
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
John Cunningham, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Identifier:
First received: January 26, 2012
Last updated: May 24, 2012
Last verified: May 2012
Excessive alcohol consumption in university students continues for be a serious public health concern with a variety of negative consequences. There have been a number of different brief interventions developed to address this issue among university students. The current project will add to this literature by evaluating the use of a personalized feedback intervention (; CYDU). Specifically, this trial will examine whether providing access to the CYDU will result in short-term reductions in drinking. This issue is important as use of these interventions is not a mandatory requirement for university students so the issue is whether making materials of this type available leads to any reductions in risky drinking. It is hypothesized that students provided access to the CYDU will display greater reductions in drinking at a six-week follow-up as compared to students who were not provided access to the CYDU.

Condition Intervention
Risky Alcohol Consumption Behavioral: Check Your Drinking University version

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Randomized Controlled Trial of a Brief Personalized Feedback Intervention in University Students

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by John Cunningham, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test - Consumption scale (AUDIT-C scale) [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ]
    AUDIT-C is a scale that is a composite of three items - frequency of alcohol use, drinks per drinking day, and frequency of 5+ drinking occasions. Scores ranges from 0 to 12 with higher scores indicating more severe alcohol problems.

Estimated Enrollment: 425
Study Start Date: January 2012
Study Completion Date: May 2012
Primary Completion Date: April 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Intervention
Provided access to the Check Your Drinking University version (CYDU).
Behavioral: Check Your Drinking University version
The CYDU is an internet-based intervention that provides a personalized feedback summary which compares the participant's drinking to that of other university students. The CYDU is a modified version of the Check Your Drinking screener which has been validated in four separate randomized controlled trials. The primary modification of the CYDU is that the population norms used for comparison are those of university students (in the USA or Canada).
No Intervention: Control
No invention control group


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • AUDIT-C score of 4 or more at baseline

Exclusion Criteria:

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01521078

Canada, Ontario
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 2S1
Sponsors and Collaborators
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
University of Houston
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: John Cunningham, Senior Scientist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Identifier: NCT01521078     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CAMH#152/2011
Study First Received: January 26, 2012
Last Updated: May 24, 2012

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Alcohol Drinking
Drinking Behavior processed this record on August 23, 2017