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A review of motivational interviewing-based interventions targeting problematic drinking among college students.
Branscum P., Sharma M. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly: 2010, 28, p. 63–77.

Studies published in the mid-2000s confirm that counselling based on motivational interviewing helps heavy drinking US college students control their drinking and reduce related problems.

The Task Force on College Drinking established by the US National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) considers motivational interviewing to be one of the few interventions clearly shown to reduce drinking in the college setting. Motivational interviewing is a counselling approach which avoids explicit confrontation and seeks to engender motivation by highlighting the client's own reasons for changing substance use.

This review aimed to summarise new findings for motivational interviewing interventions for college students and derive implications for research and health-promoting interventions. A search was conducted for English-language research articles documenting studies of motivational interviewing in colleges published from 2003–2008.

Eleven such studies were found. In these, five interventions targeted heavy-drinking college students and four 'adjudicated' students who had to attend because they had broken college rules regarding alcohol. The remaining two targeted underage In the USA 21 years of age is the legal drinking age. students and men in their first week of classes. Interventions typically lasted about an hour.

Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Review
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:Psychosocial treatment method
Source:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Date:28 March 2012
Publisher:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Volume:28 Mar
Accession Number:HRB (Not in collection)
Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Problem substance use
HJ Treatment method > Psychosocial treatment method > Motivational interviewing
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Identification and screening > Identification and screening for substance use
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Alcohol use
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
T Demographic characteristics > Undergraduate or graduate student

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