Pro-Change is proud to announce the positive outcomes from a rigorous 18-month clinical trial of Pro-Change’s Responsible Drinking program that was conducted as part of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The Responsible Drinking program is a mobile optimized, stage-tailored behavior change program designed for adults who exceed low-risk drinking guidelines. Those guidelines for men 65 and under are no more than 14 drinks per week or more than 4 in a day; and for men over 65 and all women no more than 7 drinks per week or more than 3 in a day.
In a randomized trial of nearly 1000 employed risky drinkers, participants receiving the Responsible Drinking program were significantly more likely than control participants to have reduced their drinking to low-risk limits at 18 months follow-up. They were also drinking significantly fewer drinks per week and scored higher on measures of productivity and well-being. Participants in the treatment group rated the program very positively, with over 90% of program users saying they would recommend the program to someone else, that they learned new information, and that it helped them to make changes.
The Responsible Drinking program, which has now been added to Pro-Change’s award-winning LifeStyle Management Suite, consists of 1) an online computer tailored intervention (CTI) sessions with questions and feedback tailored to each individual’s needs, 2) web activities matched to an individual’s readiness to change (e.g. goal setting, cost and calorie counters, ways to get supports, stress management techniques), and 3) tailored text messages.
Acknowledgement: The development of the Responsible Drinking program was supported by Grants #R43 AA017333 and #R44 AA017333 from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.