Motivational Interventions to Reduce Alcohol Use in a Military Population
Annual rept. 1 Mar 2006-28 Feb 2007
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 to 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 interventions. Analyses focus on 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 cost and cost-effectiveness of treatment. The research includes a large sample N 675 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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