Web-conferencing Screening and Intervention for Community College Students Shows Positive Results
This study examined feasibility, acceptability, and efficacy of Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for Community College Students (BASICCS) delivered remotely via web-conferencing with supporting automated text messages. Participants included 142 community college students who reported exceeding National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s weekly low-risk drinking recommendations and/or heavy episodic drinking. Most students liked the personalized information in the program and found the web-conferencing platform useful; however, the intervention completion rate was 56 percent. At 1-month follow-up, individuals in BASICCS had 33 percent fewer alcohol consequences than those in assessment-only control (AOC) group. At 3-month follow-up, individuals in BASICCS had lower estimated peak blood alcohol concentration, 29 percent fewer drinks per week, 62 percent fewer episodes of heavy episodic drinking, and 24 percent fewer consequences than those in AOC group.
This paper, “Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for Community College Students (BASICCS): Feasibility and preliminary efficacy of web-conferencing BASICCS and supporting automated text messages,” was funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and published in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.