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Motivational interviewing for the prevention of alcohol misuse in young adults: What’s the evidence?

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Published on Nov 30, 2017

Health Evidence™ hosted a 60 minute webinar examining the effectiveness of motivational interviewing (MI) for the prevention of alcohol misuse and alcohol-related problems in young adults. Click here to access the slides: http://ow.ly/6PWD30gVrKo

Dr. David Foxcroft, President, European Society for Prevention Research (EUSPR), Professor of Community Psychology and Public Health, Department of Psychology, Social Work and Public Health, Oxford Brookes University led the session and presented findings from his recent Cochrane review:

Foxcroft D, Coombes L, Wood S, Allen D, Almeida Santimano N, & Moreira M. (2016). Motivational interviewing for the prevention of alcohol misuse in young adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2016(7), CD007025.

According to the World Health Organization, alcohol is responsible for approximately 9% of deaths within the 15-29 year old age bracket. This review examines the effectiveness of MI interventions for preventing alcohol misuse and alcohol-related problems in young adults. Eighty-four trials with 22,872 participants were included in this review. Findings suggest that MI interventions only slightly reduce quantity of alcohol consumed, frequency of alcohol consumption, and peak blood alcohol concentration, and only marginally reduce alcohol problems in young adults aged up to 25 years, compared to no intervention/placebo/treatment as usual. This webinar provided an overview of the effectiveness of MI interventions in preventing alcohol misuse and alcohol-related problems in young adults.

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