Alcohol Interviewing Intervention Effective in Reducing Blackouts among College Freshmen

Motivational Interviewing (MI) was effective in reducing the rate of blackouts among freshmen students who engaged in drinking and the use of illicit drugs.

Freshmen volunteers (N=188) completed the Rutgers Alcohol Problem Index and the Daily Drinking Questionnaire. Motivational interviewing occurred at baseline, two weeks later, three months later, and six months after the intervention.

The testing instruments were again administered following the last intervention. The blackout rate dropped from 40% to 16% and the average number and days of drinking and drug use also dropped significantly.

These findings are consistent with other research on the effectiveness of motivational interviewing among a diversity of populations.


  • Kazemi, D.M. et al. Effects of motivational interviewing intervention on blackouts among college freshmen. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2013, ePub. pISSN = 1527-6546. eISSN = 1547-5069, LCCN = sn 99009567, USNLM = 100911591, OCLC = 42936851

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