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A Text Message Behavioral Intervention to Reduce Alcohol Consumption in Young Adults (TRAC)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Pittsburgh Identifier:
First received: September 14, 2012
Last updated: May 26, 2015
Last verified: May 2015
Investigators aim to test the effectiveness of a text-message-based behaivoral intervention in reducing binge drinking among young adults.

Condition Intervention
Alcohol Consumption
Alcohol Intoxication
Behavioral: SMS Assessments & Feedback
Behavioral: SMS Assessments

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: A Text Message Behavioral Intervention to Reduce Alcohol Consumption in Young Adults

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Further study details as provided by University of Pittsburgh:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Timeline Follow-back Procedure [ Time Frame: 30 Days ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Injury Behavior Checklist [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

Enrollment: 765
Study Start Date: November 2012
Study Completion Date: May 2015
Primary Completion Date: November 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: Control
No SMS dialog
Active Comparator: SMS Assessments
Weekly post-weekend drinking outcome assessments
Behavioral: SMS Assessments
Weekly post-weekend drinking outcome assessments
Experimental: SMS Assessments & Feedback
Weekly pre-weekend drinking intention & post-weekend drinking outcome assessments with personalized feedback and harm-reduction support
Behavioral: SMS Assessments & Feedback
Weekly pre-weekend drinking plan and post-weekend drinking outcome assessments with personlaized feedback

Detailed Description:
Alcohol consumption, especially in the form of heavy episodic drinking (bingeing), is common among young adults. Despite high rates of illness and injury associated with heavy episodic drinking, many young adults are not aware of the risks, few seek help for their drinking and many at-risk are not exposed to prevention-based intervention. Opportunistic screening in hospital Emergency Departments (EDs) tied to behavioral interventions has the potential to prevent future alcohol-related harm among young adults, but efficacy across outcomes has been mixed and large-scale implementation of prevention programs is low. Given the rapidly growing use of cell phone text-messaging (SMS) as a primary form of communication among young adults, SMS could be used to deliver health prevention interventions. We will recruit young adults identified in the ED with hazardous drinking behavior in a 3-arm randomized controlled trial to test the hypothesis that exposure to a 12-week SMS program will result in immediate (3-month) and lasting (6-, and 9-month) decreases in alcohol consumption.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 25 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • AUDIT-C score 3 or more for women and 4 or more for men

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Current treatment for psychiatric disease
  • Any prior treatment for drug or alcohol use disorder
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01688245

United States, Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Mercy Hospital
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15221
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Pittsburgh
Principal Investigator: Brian P Suffoletto, MD MS University of Pittsburgh
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: University of Pittsburgh Identifier: NCT01688245     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PRO12080344
Study First Received: September 14, 2012
Last Updated: May 26, 2015

Keywords provided by University of Pittsburgh:
young adults
alcohol consumption
mobile health
text message

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Alcohol Drinking
Alcoholic Intoxication
Drinking Behavior
Alcohol-Related Disorders
Substance-Related Disorders
Chemically-Induced Disorders
Mental Disorders
Anti-Infective Agents, Local
Anti-Infective Agents
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs processed this record on May 23, 2017