Motivational Interventions to Reduce Alcohol Use in a Military Population
Annual rept. 1 Mar 2005-28 Feb 2006
RESEARCH TRIANGLE INST (RTI) RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK NC
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The overriding objective of this research is to reduce hazardous drinking in a military sample by implementing two motivational interventions and comparing them with a treatment-as-usual condition. Individuals who are referred to the Air Force Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment ADAPT program as the result of an alcohol incident or who are self-referred are randomly assigned to one of three interventions 1 a group motivational intervention, 2 an individual motivational intervention, or 3 a treatment-as-usual group. All participants provide data regarding drinking and related problems at baseline and at 3, 6, and 12 months following the intervention. Analyses focused on the following 1 determining the effectiveness of the interventions in reducing alcohol use and alcohol-related problems, 2 testing factors that may mediate or moderate responses to the interventions, and 3 determining the costs and cost-effectiveness of treatment. The research included a large sample N 750 and an extended follow-up 1 year on intervention effects, components that most previous intervention studies have lacked. From a practical perspective, the ability to classify which individuals will benefit from a motivational intervention has important military readiness and alcohol policy implications.
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