Brief intervention fails to reduce youth binge drinking

Researchers invited nearly 15,000 students, aged 17–24, to be screened and ended up with data on 2850 randomised to receive online feedback or no intervention.

After six months’ follow-up there was no significant difference in frequency or overall volume of drinking, or in academic problems, between the groups, although those receiving the feedback modestly reduced drinks per session (four vs five).

Additional measures such as restricting availability and promotion of alcohol were needed, the NZ and Australian researchers concluded.