The glass is half full: evidence for efficacy of alcohol-wise at one university but not the other

J Health Commun. 2015;20(6):627-38. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2015.1012239. Epub 2015 Apr 24.


This research extends the growing literature about online alcohol prevention programs for first-year college students. Two independent randomized control studies, conducted at separate universities, evaluated the short-term effectiveness of Alcohol-Wise, an online alcohol prevention program not previously studied. It was hypothesized the prevention program would increase alcohol knowledge and reduce alcohol consumption, including high-risk alcohol-related behaviors, among first-year college students. At both universities, the intervention significantly increased alcohol-related knowledge. At one university, the prevention program also significantly reduced alcohol consumption and high-risk drinking behaviors, such as playing drinking games, heavy drinking, and extreme ritualistic alcohol consumption. Implications for the use of online alcohol prevention programs and student affairs are discussed.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Alcohol Drinking / prevention & control*
  • Alcohol Drinking / psychology*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Health Education / methods*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Male
  • New York
  • Philadelphia
  • Program Evaluation
  • Risk-Taking
  • Students / psychology*
  • Students / statistics & numerical data
  • Universities / statistics & numerical data*