A pilot study of an interactive web site in the workplace for reducing alcohol consumption

J Subst Abuse Treat. 2007 Jan;32(1):71-80. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2006.05.020. Epub 2006 Sep 26.

Abstract

An interactive web-site-based intervention for reducing alcohol consumption was pilot tested. Participants were 145 employees of a work site in the Silicon Valley region of California, categorized as low or moderate risk for alcohol problems. All participants were given access to a web site that provided feedback on their levels of stress and use of coping strategies. Participants randomized to the full individualized feedback condition also received individualized feedback about their risk for alcohol-related problems. Some evidence was found for greater alcohol reduction among participants who received full individualized feedback, although due to difficulties in recruiting participants, the sample size was inadequate for evaluating treatment effects on drinking. The results provide preliminary support for using an interactive web site to provide individualized feedback for persons at risk for alcohol problems. However, the low participation rate (2.7%) suggests that such an intervention must address the challenges of recruiting employees through their work site.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology*
  • Alcohol Drinking / prevention & control*
  • Demography
  • Feedback
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internet / statistics & numerical data*
  • Male
  • Pilot Projects
  • Risk Assessment
  • User-Computer Interface*
  • Workplace / statistics & numerical data*