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ERIC Number: EJ968606
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0090-1482
Reported Changes in Students' Alcohol Consumption Following a Brief Education of What Constitutes a Standard Drink
Bergen-Cico, Dessa; Kilmer, Jason
Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, v54 n2 p72-84 Aug 2010
Intercept surveys were conducted with 149 college students each asked to record their alcohol consumption for the previous two weeks using the Timeline Follow-back (TLFB method). Immediately following completion of the pretest TLFB alcohol survey the students were presented with brief educational information defining what constitutes one standard drink. Students then completed a new posttest TLFB survey and re-recorded the number of drinks they had in the previous two weeks. Among drinkers the majority, 55%, reported an increased number of drinks in response to the standard drink education information they received. Posteducation TLFB survey records were significantly higher than baseline presurvey records conducted within a five minute timeframe of one another. Validating the accuracy of baseline self-reported alcohol consumption is important to both prevention and intervention fields potentially enabling practitioners to more accurately: a) assess alcohol education and counseling needs; b) assess baseline alcohol use rates; and c) measure outcomes. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States