Emerging researcher first grant (2017 funding round)

Dr Damian Scarf
University of Otago, Dunedin
Extending brief alcohol interventions using mobile technology
$232,371
36 months

Lay summary

Adolescents have the highest alcohol consumption of any age group. Within this high risk age group, university students stand out, consuming more alcohol than their non-university attending peers. As a result, university students not only have a higher incidence of alcohol use disorders, but also report a higher incidence of alcohol-related harms. The primary aim of the research project is to use mobile technology to extend a brief web-based alcohol intervention. Specifically, Ecological Momentary Interventions (EMIs) in the form of text messages will be used to remind participants of the implications of drinking too much. Short-term health benefits include reductions in acute harms such as blackouts and negative sexual experiences. Long-term health benefits include reduced risk of diseases and conditions that result from the cumulative effects of alcohol.

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