Group Motivational Interventions Reduce Alcohol Related Incidents Among U.S. Airmen
59th Medical Wing Joint Base San Antonio United States
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High risk binge drinking is the third leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. Naimi, 2003. Among military members, binge drinking constitutes a public health crisis Institute of Medicine, 2013 leading to 425 million annually in medical costsalone Dall, et al., 2007 and can lead to long-term negative career impact. Historically, prevention efforts do not work however, the past two decades have shown promising results for brief Motivational Interviewing-based group interventions in reducing high risk drinking. Klesges, et al. 2013 showed a significant reduction in alcohol related incidents ARIs among Airmen in technical training after a brief alcohol interventionBAI combined with random breathalyzer administration BAT at one USAF training base. This study seeks to show a reduction in ARIs with expansion of the BAI program across 4 USAF technical training bases.
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