This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions aod misuse, aod associated consequences
Treatment personalized normative feedback
Sponsor RAND
Collaborator National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Start date May 2015
End date April 2016
Trial size 793 participants
Trial identifier NCT02187887, R34AA022400


The primary objective of the research study is to test the feasibility of a brief Internet-based intervention to reduce heavy alcohol use among young adult veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Veterans are recruited through the social media website Facebook in two phases. In the first phase, investigators collect data from 800 veteran participants to document and analyze drinking norms in this population. In the second phase, investigators use the norms collected in Phase 1 and information from the analyses to develop and pilot test an online intervention with young adult veteran participants. Six hundred participants are recruited through Facebook and randomly assigned to intervention (N = 300) or control (N = 300) conditions. It is hypothesized that those in the intervention condition will drink less at a one-month follow-up period than those in the control condition. Investigators also collect feedback from participants on the usability of the online intervention.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Intervention model parallel assignment
Primary purpose prevention
Masking no masking
Intervention participants receive feedback correcting their misperceptions of the drinking behavior and attitudes of fellow veterans
personalized normative feedback PNF
Participants receive behavioral norms feedback based on their response to items in a baseline survey. Personal responses are presented along with perceptions of other same gender veterans and actual drinking norms of same gender veterans.
(No Intervention)
Control participants receive feedback correcting their misperceptions of the video game playing behavior and attitudes of fellow veterans

Primary Outcomes

Alcohol use
time frame: Past month
Alcohol-related consequences
time frame: Past month

Eligibility Criteria

All participants from 18 years up to 34 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: 1. United States veteran from Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation New Dawn who has been discharged or separated from the Army, Navy, Marines, or Air Force and is not currently in the reserves 2. between the ages of 18 and 34 3. the ability to read English (also a requirement of military service) 4. access to a computer and the Internet 5. has an email address 6) an AUDIT score of >4 (men) or >3 (women) in order to reach those who may benefit from an intervention targeted toward reducing alcohol misuse Exclusion Criteria: - None besides not meeting inclusion criteria

Additional Information

Official title Brief Online Intervention to Reduce Heavy Alcohol Use Among Young Adult Veterans
Principal investigator Eric R Pedersen, PhD
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in April 2017.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by RAND.