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Updated: January 6, 2010 19:37 IST

Online intervention can reduce alcohol abuse

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Internet-based interventions motivate people to reduce their alcohol consumption. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
The Hindu Internet-based interventions motivate people to reduce their alcohol consumption. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Internet-based interventions for problem alcohol use have been found effective in changing drinking behaviours, say researchers.

The researchers found that problem drinkers provided access to the online screener www.CheckYourDrinking.net, reduced their alcohol consumption by 30pct.

“An unfortunate reality is that many problem drinkers do not seek treatment,” said principal investigator Dr. John Cunningham Senior Scientist with the Social and Community Factors in Prevention Research Section, CAMH.

“While getting help from a health care professional is ideal, there are barriers to access such as concerns about stigma, a desire to handle problems on one’s own, or simply because treatment is not readily available - online interventions can help reduce these barriers by allowing people to seek help in their own homes,” Cunningham added.

Cunningham further said, “The Check Your Drinking online screener provides participants with a wealth of information about their drinking, its consequences, and how they compare to others. When presented these facts in a non-judgmental manner, participants are able to re-evaluate their drinking and may be motivated to reduce their alcohol consumption.” The study is published in journal Addiction.

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