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Norman, Paul and Webb, Thomas and Millings, Abigail and Pechey, Laura [Alcohol Change UK] . (2019) Enhancing a brief online intervention to reduce alcohol consumption. London: Alcohol Change UK. 27 p.

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Key findings

  • The way in which the content of a brief online alcohol intervention was presented to users impacted on levels of engagement with the intervention.
  • Users who viewed a tunnelled version of the online intervention (in which the content was presented in a pre-determined order) viewed more pages and spent more time on the website than participants who viewed a free-roam version (in which they could view the content in any order).
  • Increasing and higher risk drinkers were more likely to make a plan to cut down on their drinking in the tunnelled versus free-roam version of the intervention.
  • The intervention led to significant reductions in alcohol consumption at one- and six-month follow-up.
  • The structure of the intervention (tunnelled versus free-roam) had no impact on the effectiveness of the intervention in reducing alcohol consumption.
  • Instructing increasing and higher risk drinkers to make if-then plans linking high-risk situations with appropriate behavioural responses was no more effective in reducing alcohol consumption than instructing them to choose strategies to cut down on their drinking.
Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD disorder treatment method, Psychosocial treatment method
Source:Alcohol Change UK
Date:August 2019
Pages:27 p.
Publisher:Alcohol Change UK
Place of Publication:London
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
B Substances > Alcohol
HJ Treatment method > Psychosocial treatment method > Individual therapy > Brief intervention
N Communication, information and education > Communication > Communication / social media > Internet / online
N Communication, information and education > Information technology / Digital
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom

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