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[Drug and Alcohol Findings] (2017) UK trial tests personality-based approach to preventing drinking. London: Drug and Alcohol Findings. Drug and Alcohol Findings Bulletin (21 July 2017) 5 p.

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The Adventure Trial tested the impact of a personality-targeted intervention delivered by teachers on substance use and misuse among pupils in London. This followed the reported success of the Preventure trial, which found that personality-targeted interventions were effective in reducing motivations for drinking that involve coping with negative feelings, and reducing symptoms of problem drinking during a two-year period.

Key points From summary and commentary:
• The Adventure Trial examined whether personality-relevant coping skills could prevent drinking problems among London high school pupils.
• High-risk young people were allocated to receive an intervention matched to their specific vulnerability (‘hopelessness’, ‘anxiety-sensitivity’, ‘impulsivity’, or ‘sensation-seeking’).
• Long-term benefits were observed, with reduced odds of high-risk pupils in the intervention group reporting drinking, ‘binge’ drinking, and problem drinking, compared to peers allocated to receive standard drug education

Item Type:Evidence resource
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:AOD prevention, AOD disorder harm reduction
Source:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Date:21 July 2017
Pages:5 p.
Publisher:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Place of Publication:London
Number:21 July 2017
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Subjects:B Substances > Alcohol
F Concepts in psychology > Skills > Coping skills
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Substance use prevention
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention outcome
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Basic prevention categories > Targeted prevention
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention by sponsor or setting > Youth club / cafe based prevention
T Demographic characteristics > Adolescent / youth (teenager / young person)
T Demographic characteristics > Prevention worker
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom

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