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Foxcroft, David and Tsertsvadze, Alexander [The Cochrane Library] . (2011) Universal multi-component prevention programs for alcohol misuse in young people. London: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 9 DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009307

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Universal multi-component alcohol misuse prevention for young people can be effective

We conducted a Cochrane systematic review of 20 randomised controlled trials that examined the effectiveness of universal multi-component programs for the prevention of alcohol misuse in young people. Multi-component prevention programs are defined as those prevention efforts that deliver interventions in multiple settings, for example in both school and family settings, typically combining school curricula with a parenting intervention.

A majority of the studies included in this review reported positive effects of multi-component programs for the prevention of alcohol misuse in young people, with effects persisting into the medium- and longer-term. But a notable proportion of trials reported no statistically significant effects. In seven studies we were able to assess the impact of single versus multiple components, and only 1 out of the 7 studies clearly showed a benefit of components delivered in more than one setting.

In conclusion, there is some evidence that multi-component interventions for alcohol misuse prevention in young people can be effective. However, there is little evidence that interventions with multiple components are more effective than interventions with single components.


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