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Randomised controlled trial
Web-based screening and brief motivational intervention reduces alcohol use in heavy-drinking undergraduates at up to 6 months
  1. John T P Hustad1,
  2. Brian Borsari2
  1. 1Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA
  2. 2Providence VA Medical Center and Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
  1. Correspondence to John T P Hustad
    Penn State College of Medicine, Department of Medicine, HO34, 500 University Drive, PO Box 850, Hershey, PA 17033, USA; jhustad{at}

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College students are a high-risk population for hazardous alcohol use and alcohol-related consequences, and it is estimated that 18% meet criteria for an alcohol use disorder.1 Despite the severity of heavy drinking in college, there are strikingly few published efforts to provide an intervention to an entire campus because of the substantial administrative burden. However, using the internet to conduct brief screening and intervention makes it possible to reach more students with minimal effort.

This study investigated the effectiveness of a personalised normative feedback (PNF) for high-risk college …

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