Brief alcohol intervention with college student drinkers: face-to-face versus computerized feedback

Psychol Addict Behav. 2009 Mar;23(1):163-7. doi: 10.1037/a0014892.


Research has demonstrated that brief interventions featuring personalized feedback can be used to decrease alcohol use among heavy-drinking college students. The current study investigated the efficacy of face-to-face and computer delivered interventions relative to an assessment-only control condition. The content of the personalized feedback was identical across the face-to-face and computerized conditions. There were 84 at-risk students assessed before, and 4 weeks after, the delivery of the interventions. The results suggest that both face-to-face and computerized interventions were equally successful in reducing the quantity and frequency of alcohol consumption, and that both interventions were more effective than the control condition. Participants also rated both interventions as acceptable, although the face-to-face intervention was given a more favorable rating. These initial results suggest that computerized interventions can be used to efficiently reduce alcohol use among college students. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved).

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Alabama
  • Alcohol Drinking / prevention & control
  • Alcohol Drinking / psychology
  • Alcohol Drinking / therapy*
  • Alcohol-Related Disorders / prevention & control*
  • Alcohol-Related Disorders / psychology
  • Feedback, Psychological*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Health Behavior
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Motivation*
  • Psychotherapy, Brief / methods*
  • Students / psychology*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Universities
  • Young Adult