Effectiveness of a Web-based alcohol-misuse and harm-prevention course among high- and low-risk students

J Am Coll Health. 2007 Jan-Feb;55(4):247-54. doi: 10.3200/JACH.55.4.247-254.


Objective: In the current study, the authors assessed whether a new online alcohol-misuse prevention course (College Alc) is more effective at reducing alcohol use and related consequences among drinkers and nondrinkers.

Participants: The authors compared incoming college freshmen who reported any past 30-day alcohol use before the beginning of the semester with those who did not.

Method summary: The authors randomly assigned students who completed a precollege baseline survey to either complete a 3-hour noncredit version of College Alc or serve as members of a control group. The authors conducted a follow-up survey 3 months later.

Results: Findings indicated that among freshmen who were regular drinkers before college, College Alc appeared to reduce the frequency of heavy drinking, drunkenness, and negative alcohol-related consequences. Among freshmen who did not report any past-30-day alcohol use before college, College Alc did not appear to have any beneficial effects.

Conclusions: Results suggest that College Alc may be an effective program for students with a history of alcohol use.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Alcoholism / epidemiology
  • Alcoholism / prevention & control*
  • California / epidemiology
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction / methods*
  • Female
  • Health Education / methods*
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Program Evaluation*
  • Students / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Universities