Relative efficacy of a brief motivational intervention for college student drinkers

Psychol Addict Behav. 2001 Dec;15(4):373-9. doi: 10.1037//0893-164x.15.4.373.


The authors evaluated the efficacy of Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS - L. A. Dimeff, J. S. Baer, D. R. Kivlahan, & G. A. Marlatt, 1999), a single session of drinking-related feedback intended to reduce heavy drinking and related harm. College student drinkers (N = 99) were assigned to BASICS, an educational intervention, or an assessment-only control group. At 3 months postintervention. there were no overall significant group differences, but heavier drinking BASICS participants showed greater reductions in weekly alcohol consumption and binge drinking than did heavier drinking control and education participants. At 9 months, heavier drinking BASICS participants again showed the largest effect sizes. BASICS participants evaluated the intervention more favorably than did education participants. This study suggests that BASICS may be more efficacious than educational interventions for heavier drinking college students.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Controlled Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alabama
  • Alcohol Drinking / prevention & control*
  • Alcoholism / prevention & control
  • Alcoholism / psychology
  • Alcoholism / therapy*
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / methods*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Motivation*
  • Psychotherapy, Brief
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Students / statistics & numerical data*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Universities