e-CHUG Reduces Alcohol Drinking Problems among Youths

An online program called e-Chug (Electronic Check-Up to Go) reduces alcohol consumption among both high school and college students. The program is an evidence-based, online alcohol education, intervention and personalized feedback tool for youth.

Drawing on the well researched successes of Motivational Interviewing, Social Norms Marketing or feedback , and Self-Efficacy and Peer Modeling, e-CHUG is designed to:

  • Motivate and support youth to maintain abstinence from alcohol and
  • Reduce the consumption of and risks associated with alcohol for those who have already begun dinking.

Created by a team of psychologists at San Diego State University, the program provides personalized feedback that is particularly salient to young people. Based upon their own reported use patterns they receive feedback on how their drinking compares with other youth their age, their personal risk factors, their relationship and health consequences, and their unique family risk factors.

The e-CHUG program is used with high school age youth in

  • High Schools
  • Health Clinics
  • Community Prevention Programs
  • DWI & DUI Programs

The e-CHUG program is also currently used on over 300 colleges and university campuses in the U.S., Canada and Australia . Six (6) controlled studies on five (5) campuses have all shown significant reductions in destructive alcohol use among students completing the e-CHUG online intervention. And now another study, published in the journal Prevention Science, also demonstrates its effectiveness.

The program is not only effective but also efficient , taking less than ten minutes of time and involving no face-to-face contact. And, managed by the non-profit San Diego State University Research Foundation, e-Chug is also inexpensive.

Source:

  • Walters, S. T., Vader, A. M., & Harris, T. R. (2007). A Controlled Trial of Web-based Feedback for Heavy Drinking College Students. Prevention Science, 8(2), 83-88; e-CHUG web site.

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