Brief Alcohol Intervention for School-to-Work Transitions

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Suzanne M. Colby, Brown University Identifier:
First received: February 20, 2012
Last updated: March 2, 2012
Last verified: March 2012

This is a 2-year research project to test the efficacy of brief motivational intervention for reducing heavy alcohol use in young adults transitioning out of high school. Participation occurs within 3 months prior to graduation or within 1 year following graduation or dropout from high school. Heavy drinkers ages 17-20 will be randomly assigned to receive one session of BMI or one session of relaxation training. All participants complete identical assessments at baseline and immediately post-intervention (during session 1). Participants also complete in-person 6-week and 3-month follow up assessments to evaluate intervention effects. Study aims involve: a) testing the comparative efficacy of BMI; b) identifying moderators (person-level predictors) of intervention response; and c) identifying mediators (mechanisms) of intervention effects, that is, how BMI exerts its effect on outcomes.

Condition Intervention
Binge Drinking
Behavioral: Brief Motivational Counseling
Behavioral: Relaxation training

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Brief Alcohol Intervention for School-to-Work Transitions

Further study details as provided by Brown University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Timeline Follow Back assessing number of standard drinks [ Time Frame: 3 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    This assessment is used to measure average number of drinks per week, frequency of drinking, frequency of binge drinking, average BAC and peak BAC.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Brief Young Adult Alcohol Consequences Questionnaire [ Time Frame: 6 week and 3 month follow ups ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    Measure of problem severity in young adult drinkers.

  • Help Seeking [ Time Frame: 6 week and 3 month follow ups ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Drinking Reduction Strategies [ Time Frame: 6 week and 3 month follow ups ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Employment Outcomes [ Time Frame: 6 week and 3 month follow ups ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Life Satisfaction [ Time Frame: 6 week and 3 month follow ups ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Adolescent Reinforcement Survey [ Time Frame: 6 week and 3 month follow ups ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 163
Study Start Date: June 2010
Study Completion Date: October 2011
Primary Completion Date: October 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Placebo Comparator: Relaxation training Behavioral: Relaxation training
One hour training in relaxation techniques
Active Comparator: Brief Motivational Counseling Behavioral: Brief Motivational Counseling
One hour session of brief motivational counseling focused on reduction of heavy drinking.


Ages Eligible for Study:   17 Years to 20 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • high school students anticipating graduation within 3 months, drop outs or graduates
  • males must report at least one day drinking 5 or more standard drinks in past month
  • females must report at least one day drinking 4 or more standard drinks in past month

Exclusion Criteria:

  • plans to enroll at traditional 4-year college within 12 months
  • plans to enter military within next 12 months
  • plans to move more than 1 hour from current location in within 12 months
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Responsible Party: Suzanne M. Colby, Associate Professor, Research, Brown University Identifier: NCT01546025     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R01AA016000, R01AA016000
Study First Received: February 20, 2012
Last Updated: March 2, 2012
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board
United States: Federal Government processed this record on April 15, 2014