Brief Alcohol Intervention for School-to-Work Transitions

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 7, 2012
Last Update Posted : March 7, 2012
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Suzanne M. Colby, Brown University

Brief Summary:
This is a 2-year research project to test the efficacy of brief motivational intervention for reducing heavy alcohol use in young adults transitioning out of high school. Participation occurs within 3 months prior to graduation or within 1 year following graduation or dropout from high school. Heavy drinkers ages 17-20 will be randomly assigned to receive one session of BMI or one session of relaxation training. All participants complete identical assessments at baseline and immediately post-intervention (during session 1). Participants also complete in-person 6-week and 3-month follow up assessments to evaluate intervention effects. Study aims involve: a) testing the comparative efficacy of BMI; b) identifying moderators (person-level predictors) of intervention response; and c) identifying mediators (mechanisms) of intervention effects, that is, how BMI exerts its effect on outcomes.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Binge Drinking Behavioral: Brief Motivational Counseling Behavioral: Relaxation training Not Applicable

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 163 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Brief Alcohol Intervention for School-to-Work Transitions
Study Start Date : June 2010
Actual Primary Completion Date : October 2011
Actual Study Completion Date : October 2011

Arm Intervention/treatment
Placebo Comparator: Relaxation training Behavioral: Relaxation training
One hour training in relaxation techniques
Active Comparator: Brief Motivational Counseling Behavioral: Brief Motivational Counseling
One hour session of brief motivational counseling focused on reduction of heavy drinking.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Timeline Follow Back assessing number of standard drinks [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
    This assessment is used to measure average number of drinks per week, frequency of drinking, frequency of binge drinking, average BAC and peak BAC.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Brief Young Adult Alcohol Consequences Questionnaire [ Time Frame: 6 week and 3 month follow ups ]
    Measure of problem severity in young adult drinkers.

  2. Help Seeking [ Time Frame: 6 week and 3 month follow ups ]
  3. Drinking Reduction Strategies [ Time Frame: 6 week and 3 month follow ups ]
  4. Employment Outcomes [ Time Frame: 6 week and 3 month follow ups ]
  5. Life Satisfaction [ Time Frame: 6 week and 3 month follow ups ]
  6. Adolescent Reinforcement Survey [ Time Frame: 6 week and 3 month follow ups ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   17 Years to 20 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • high school students anticipating graduation within 3 months, drop outs or graduates
  • males must report at least one day drinking 5 or more standard drinks in past month
  • females must report at least one day drinking 4 or more standard drinks in past month

Exclusion Criteria:

  • plans to enroll at traditional 4-year college within 12 months
  • plans to enter military within next 12 months
  • plans to move more than 1 hour from current location in within 12 months

Responsible Party: Suzanne M. Colby, Associate Professor, Research, Brown University Identifier: NCT01546025     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R01AA016000 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: March 7, 2012    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 7, 2012
Last Verified: March 2012

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Binge Drinking
Alcohol-Related Disorders
Substance-Related Disorders
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Alcohol Drinking
Drinking Behavior
Mental Disorders