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Helping Problem Drinkers on the Internet

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01114919
First Posted: May 3, 2010
Last Update Posted: December 2, 2010
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Collaborator:
Health Canada
Information provided by:
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
April 30, 2010
May 3, 2010
December 2, 2010
May 2010
November 2010   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
  • 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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Helping Problem Drinkers on the Internet
Helping Problem Drinkers on the Internet
The main aim of this study is to compare the impact of a minimal and a full Internet-based self-help intervention for problem drinkers in the general population.

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").

Interventional
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Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Alcohol Dependence
  • 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.
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Cunningham JA. Comparison of two internet-based interventions for problem drinkers: randomized controlled trial. J Med Internet Res. 2012 Aug 1;14(4):e107. doi: 10.2196/jmir.2090.

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Completed
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November 2010   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Resident of Ontario
  • 19 years of age or over
  • Have consumed alcohol in the one month prior to the telephone survey.
  • Have consumed alcohol in the one month prior to the telephone survey.
  • A score of 8 or over on the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT)
  • Indicate an interest in receiving self-help materials
  • Have home access to the Internet
  • Are willing to participate in follow-up at six and twelve month intervals

Exclusion Criteria:

Sexes Eligible for Study: All
19 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
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Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
Canada
 
 
NCT01114919
282/2009
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Dr. John Cunningham, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Health Canada
Principal Investigator: John Cunningham, PhD Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
December 2010

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