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Alcohol Brief Intervention Plus Personalized Mobile Chat-based Intervention for High-risk Drinking University Students

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03675373
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 18, 2018
Last Update Posted : September 25, 2019
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Dr. Wang Man-Ping, The University of Hong Kong

Brief Summary:

The aims of this pilot study are:

  1. To examine the factors associated with alcohol drinking and alcohol use disorder
  2. To examine the effect of face-to-face alcohol brief intervention on drinking reduction
  3. To examine the effect of a continuous interactive chat-based intervention via "WhatsApp" on drinking reduction
  4. To explore the perception of face-to-face alcohol brief intervention
  5. To explore the perception of continuous interactive chat-based intervention via instant messaging mobile application "WhatsApp"

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Alcohol Drinking in College Behavioral: Mobile chat-based instant messages Behavioral: Alcohol brief intervention Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
According to the Department of Health, majority of people in Hong Kong started to develop drinking habit at 18-21 years of age in 2014/2015. Amongst them, 16.8% had scored higher than 3 in the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test for Consumption (AUDIT-C) (an abbreviated version of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test, or AUDIT, designed by the World Health Organization(WHO)), while 3.5% had even scored 8 or above in the test. With higher prevalence to begin drinking within 18 and 23 years old, university students could have established higher tendency of harmful drinking and alcohol dependence as compared with other age groups. Therefore, early interventions such as the evidence-based Alcohol Brief Intervention (ABI) suggested by the WHO are particularly needed to target university drinkers who are 5% more likely to develop higher frequency of drinking in later of their lives compared with other age groups.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 20 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Pilot Study on the Feasibility of Alcohol Brief Intervention Plus Personalized Mobile Chat-based Intervention to Reduce High-risk Drinking Among University Students in Hong Kong
Actual Study Start Date : October 8, 2018
Actual Primary Completion Date : November 4, 2018
Actual Study Completion Date : January 31, 2019

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MedlinePlus related topics: Alcohol

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Intervention group
Alcohol brief intervention+mobile chat-based instant messages
Behavioral: Mobile chat-based instant messages
Subjects in the active arm study will receive continuous interactive chat-based intervention as an extension of alcohol brief intervention at baseline. The interactive mobile chat will be carried out on Friday night and Saturday before and during the period of "happy hour" and ask for drinking and giving personalized advises on drinking reduction using behavioral change techniques.

Behavioral: Alcohol brief intervention
Those in the control arm will be assigned to only receive the face-to-face ABI. The ABI consists of: (1) giving feedback and information about the screening result in phase I and hazard of drinking; (2) emphasizing the benefits of reduce drinking and informing about alcohol problems; (3) setting goal on reducing alcohol consumption; (4) reviewing advice and ;(5) giving encouragement.
Other Name: ABI

Active Comparator: control group
Alcohol brief intervention
Behavioral: Alcohol brief intervention
Those in the control arm will be assigned to only receive the face-to-face ABI. The ABI consists of: (1) giving feedback and information about the screening result in phase I and hazard of drinking; (2) emphasizing the benefits of reduce drinking and informing about alcohol problems; (3) setting goal on reducing alcohol consumption; (4) reviewing advice and ;(5) giving encouragement.
Other Name: ABI




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change in AUDIT score [ Time Frame: 2 weeks after baseline ]
    Assessed by Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (ranged 0-40 with higher score indicating problematic alcohol use)


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change in number of standard drinks [ Time Frame: 2 weeks after baseline ]
    Defined by either increase or decrease in standard drinks number

  2. Attempt to reduce drinking [ Time Frame: 2 weeks after baseline ]
    Have tried to reduce drinking either successful or not

  3. Change in confidence to reduce drinking [ Time Frame: 2 weeks after baseline ]
    Defined by either increase or decrease confidence in reduce drinking



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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 26 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Hong Kong resident aged 18 to 26 inclusive
  • Scored 5-19 inclusive in the Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test (AUDIT)
  • Able to communicate in Chinese and read Chinese
  • Using a phone with instant messaging mobile application "WhatsApp" installed for communication

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Students with communication barrier (either physically or cognitively)
  • Currently participating in other alcohol treatment services or clinics.

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT03675373


Locations
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Hong Kong
School of Nursing, The University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 000000
Sponsors and Collaborators
The University of Hong Kong
Investigators
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Principal Investigator: Man Ping Wang, PhD The University of Hong Kong
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Responsible Party: Dr. Wang Man-Ping, Assistant Professor, The University of Hong Kong
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03675373    
Other Study ID Numbers: Pilot alcohol study (Unists)
First Posted: September 18, 2018    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 25, 2019
Last Verified: September 2019
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: Undecided

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Keywords provided by Dr. Wang Man-Ping, The University of Hong Kong:
chat-based intervention
alcohol brief intervention
high-risk drinking
university students
AUDIT
instant messaging
WhatsApp
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Alcohol Drinking
Alcohol Drinking in College
Drinking Behavior