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.