Identification, prevention, and treatment revisited: individual-focused college drinking prevention strategies 1999-2006

Addict Behav. 2007 Nov;32(11):2439-68. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2007.05.006. Epub 2007 May 17.


This paper serves to update a prior review of the literature on individual-focused prevention and treatment approaches for college drinking [Larimer, M.E. & Cronce, J.M. (2002). Identification, prevention and treatment: A review of individual-focused strategies to reduce problematic alcohol consumption by college students. Journal of Studies on Alcohol Suppl. 14, 148-163.], and covers the period from late 1999 through 2006. No support was found for information/knowledge approaches alone, or for brief values clarification approaches alone or with other informational content. Evidence was found in support of skills-based interventions and motivational interventions that incorporated personalized feedback, with or without an in-person intervention. Normative re-education interventions received mixed support, though personalized normative feedback was associated with positive outcomes. Significant advances have been made over the past seven years with respect to mailed and computerized feedback interventions, and interventions with mandated students. Much of the research reviewed suffered from significant limitations, particularly small sample sizes, attrition, and lack of appropriate control groups. More research is needed to determine the best methods for disseminating such interventions on college campuses, as well as additional research on interventions with high-risk groups of students.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alcohol Drinking / prevention & control*
  • Alcohol Drinking / psychology
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Biofeedback, Psychology
  • Female
  • Health Education / methods*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Motivation
  • Patient Selection
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Risk Factors
  • Students / psychology*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Universities