This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions alcohol drinking, marijuana smoking
Treatment brief counseling
Phase phase 2/phase 3
Sponsor National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Start date December 2003
End date December 2008
Trial size 554 participants
Trial identifier NCT00547963, NIAAA-BAI-013709, NIH Grant number 5R01AA013709


The purpose of this study is to determine the effectiveness of two brief counseling sessions delivered to emergency department (ED) patients who report conjoint alcohol and marijuana use, in reducing injuries and other negative consequences, in comparison to an assessment only group.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification efficacy study
Intervention model factorial assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose treatment
two brief counseling sessions delivered to ED patients who report conjoint alcohol and marijuana use
brief counseling
baseline assessment + two 40 minute sessions of brief counseling

Primary Outcomes

Substance use; injuries, alcohol and marijuana negative consequences
time frame: 3 and 12 months

Secondary Outcomes

Mediators and moderators of treatment efficacy
time frame: 3 and 12 months

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Male and female outpatients 18 years of age or older. - Participants will have a current DSM-IV diagnosis of alcohol dependence. - Participants will have signed a witnessed informed consent. Exclusion Criteria: - Participants who meet current DSM-IV criteria for bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, dementia, or a psychological disorder requiring medication. - Participants who have had more than seven days of inpatient treatment for substance use disorders in the 30 days previous to randomization.

Additional Information

Official title Reducing Injury, ETOH and THC Use Among ED Patients
Principal investigator Janette Baird, PhD
Description Alcohol and substance use remain a significant predictor of injuries, health and psychosocial consequences. ED patients who were not being treated for critical conditions were asked about their use of alcohol and marijuana. Patients who self-reported the use of both substances were asked to participate in the study. Recruited participants were given a baseline assessment and then randomized a treatment or a control condition. The treatment condition consisted of two 40 minute sessions of brief counseling. The first session took place in the ED the second session occurred within two weeks of being seen in the ED. Participants completed assessments three and twelve months after being recruited in the ED. The primary dependent variables for this study are 12 month injuries and self-reported levels of negative life consequences associated with alcohol and marijuana use.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in October 2008.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).