An RCT of a brief alcohol intervention for young people aged 14-15: SIPS Jr-HIGH

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The study evaluated the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of alcohol screening and brief interventions to reduce risky drinking in young people aged 14-15 in the English school setting.

Thirty schools in England were involved in the trial. Young people (n=243) who screened positive for risky drinking using a single item screen (ASAQ) were allocated to a control arm consisting of usual school-based education on alcohol issues, or to the intervention arm augmenting usual education with a 30 minute brief intervention, both delivered by school pastoral staff. The intervention encompassed the elements of the FRAMES approach for eliciting behaviour change: Feedback, Responsibility, Advice, Menu, Empathy, and Self-efficacy. A 28-day timeline followback measured total alcohol consumed as the primary outcome measure at 12-month follow-up?.

Tthere was evidence of a change in AUDIT score over the 12 month period, with a substantial proportion of young people reporting having reduced the amount they drank, or stopped drinking all together. However, no significant between group differences were observed in the distribution of variables summarising alcohol consumed in the last 28 days from the TLFB. The WEMWBS score measuring psychological health had a median of 46.3 and a range of 14-70.

The trial found that providing simple lifestyle advice was just as effective as providing an alcohol leaflet and brief intervention.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 23 Aug 2018
EventAnnual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society 2018 - Galway, Ireland
Duration: 21 Aug 201825 Aug 2018


ConferenceAnnual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society 2018


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