Schools Identify risk of problem drinking

In a UK study, school-staff were trained to provide interventions to students in the ninth grade.

Participating schools were randomised into control and intervention groups. Of the total sample, 1210 students were identified as ‘at risk of developing future alcohol dependence’ based on a questionnaire. 

Results show long-term benefits for students who received the intervention, in terms of alcohol consumption and binge drinking rates. The study also found positive over-flow effects for youth in low-risk groups. 

“Two factors determine problem drinking: personality and peer pressure,” said lead author Dr Patricia Conrod.

JAMA Psychiatry Online 23 Jan 2013