This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions alcohol abuse, alcohol dependence
Treatment motivational interviewing
Phase phase 3
Sponsor National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Start date January 2000
End date July 2003
Trial size 198 participants
Trial identifier NCT00246428, NIAAAMON09892-10, NIH Grant AA09892-10


The purpose of this study is to determine whether motivational interviewing is effective in reducing alcohol consumption and alcohol problems among young adults who present to an Emergency Room.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification efficacy study
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose treatment
motivational interviewing MI
Experimental manipulations will be evaluated 6, 9, and 12 months

Primary Outcomes

Alcohol Consumption
time frame: 6, 9, and 12 months

Secondary Outcomes

Alcohol-related problems (e.g., drinking and driving)
time frame: 6, 9, and 12 months

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 18 years up to 24 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: 1. Admitted to ER 2. Between 18-24 years old 3. Had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) greater than .01% according to a biochemical test OR self-reported drinking alcohol in the 6 hours prior to the event that caused their hospital visit OR scored 8 or higher on the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) Exclusion Criteria: 1. Not English-speaking 2. Had a self-inflicted injury 3. In police custody 4. Did not pass a mental status exam

Additional Information

Official title Motivational Interviewing (MI) for ETOH+ Teens in the ER
Principal investigator Peter Monti, PhD
Description The long term objectives of this program of research are to develop effective interventions for reducing problem drinking and associated problems among adolescents and young adults and to further enhance intervention approaches by identifying effective elements of treatment derived from cognitive behavioral social learning theory. Current approaches to behavior change in this area frequently rely on school-based primary prevention programs that do not address cessation/reduction issues for adolescents who are already drinking, rarely address motivational issues related to use and abuse, and cannot target school dropouts. Recently, two studies have shown Motivational Interviewing (MI) to be effective with alcohol-involved adolescents when compared to a control or no intervention condition, but have shown greater harm-reduction effects than alcohol consumption effects. In addition, mechanisms of MI have not been elucidated. The major purposes of this study re to compare MI to a minimal contrast condition in which personalized feedback is provided, and to determine if additional booster sessions will enhance outcomes. The population is older adolescents who have been treated in an Emergency Department (ED) following an alcohol-related event. Thus, school dropouts, a high-risk population, will be included in the study. A 2 (MI versus Feedback Only) x 2 (two booster sessions versus no boosters) factorial design will be used to examine whether a MI combined with booster can effectively change subsequent alcohol use and alcohol problems. Experimental manipulations will be evaluated 6, 9, and 12 months after baseline intervention. The study design has several strengths: (1) it will enable an investigation of the main effects of MI versus Feedback Only, providing a more stringent test of the active ingredients of MI than our current competitive segment permitted; (2) it enables an evaluation of the effects of continued contact as a separate factor; and (3) it allows a test of the interaction between baseline intervention type and booster contact. A secondary purpose of the study is to use explicit mediational analyses, tested within a Structural Equation Modeling framework, to examine the hypothesis that stage of change, use of behavioral alcohol reduction strategies, and alcohol treatment seeking will mediate the relationship between intervention and outcome. Finally, the study will determine whether the diagnosis of alcohol abuse or dependence affects responsivity to our intervention. In addition to its potential contribut8ion to theory, the importance of this work is its potential for providing a cos-effective brief intervention at a "teachable moment" to increase high-risk patients' interest in reducing harmful drinking and related risk-taking behaviors.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in December 2007.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).