Web-Based Brief Alcohol Intervention Effective for Mandated College Students

Mandated college students who received web-based brief personalized normative feedback reported significantly greater reductions in weekly drinking quantity, peak alcohol consumption, and frequency of drinking to intoxication than did students who received web-based alcohol education with no feedback. Although it did not reach a statistically significant level, they also reported fewer alcohol-related problems.

In addition, students in the personalized normative feed-back group reported significantly greater reductions in their estimates of peer drinking.

Researchers had randomly assigned mandated students to one of the two experimental conditions and conducted a 30-day follow-up assessment. They published their findings in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.


  • Doumas, D.M., McKinley, L.L., and Book, P. Evaluation of two Web-based alcohol interventions for mandated college students, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 2008, DOI: 10.1016/j.jsat.2008.05.009