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Foxcroft, David and Moreira, Maria Teresa and Almeida Santimano, Nerissa ML and Smith, Lesley A [The Cochrane Library] . (2015) Social norms information for alcohol misuse in university and college students. London: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 12 DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006748.pub4

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Key findings

Over the longer-term, after four or more months of follow-up, there was only a small effect of social norms information on binge drinking, drinking quantity, and peak BAC. For these outcomes, effects were not any different across the different delivery modes.Only small effects were found for web feedback and individual face-to-face feedback on frequency of alcohol consumed. Only a small effect of individual face-to-face feedback on alcohol related problems, but no effects were found for mailed or web feedback. Similarly, no effects were found for group face-to-face feedback or for marketing campaigns on frequency of alcohol consumed and typical BAC.

Our reading of these results is that, although we found some significant effects of social norms information, the strength of the effects over the longer-term is very small and therefore this information is unlikely to provide any advantage in practice.

Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Review
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:AOD prevention, AOD disorder harm reduction, Education and training
Source:The Cochrane Library
Date:December 2015
Publisher:John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Place of Publication:London
Volume:Issue 12
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
B Substances > Alcohol
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention approach > Prevention through information and education
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health related prevention > Health information and education
L Social psychology and related concepts > Interpersonal interaction and group dynamics > Peer relations > Level of drugs and alcohol use among peers
N Communication, information and education > Information use and impact
N Communication, information and education > Educational environment (school / college) > Student behaviour and participation
T Demographic characteristics > Undergraduate or graduate student

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