Moderating drinking by correspondence : an evaluation of a new method of intervention

Sitharthan, Thiagarajan, Kavanagh, David J., & Sayer, Geoffrey (1996) Moderating drinking by correspondence : an evaluation of a new method of intervention. Addiction, 91(3), pp. 345-355.


Recognizing the need to offer alternative methods of brief interventions, this study developed correspondence treatments for low-dependent problem drinkers and evaluated their impact. One hundred and twenty-one problem drinkers were recruited by media advertisements and were randomly allocated to a full cognitive behavioural treatment programme (CBT) or to a minimal intervention condition (MI) that gave information regarding alcohol misuse and instructions to record drinking. As predicted, CBT was more effective than MI in reducing alcohol consumption over the 4-month controlled trial period. CBT produced a 50% fall in consumption, bringing the average intake of subjects within recommended maximum levels. Treatment gains at 6 months were well maintained to 12 months. High levels of consumer satisfaction, a high representation of women and a substantial participation from isolated rural areas attested to the feasibility of the correspondence programme as an alternative treatment. However, some drinking occasions still involved high intake for a significant subgroup of subjects, and this issue will be addressed in future programmes. The results supported the use of correspondence delivery as a means of promoting early engagement and equity of access between city and country areas.

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ID Code: 28945
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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ISSN: 0965-2140
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1996 Society for the Study of Addicdon to Alcohol and other Drugs
Deposited On: 26 Nov 2009 06:32
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 17:29

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