Counseling Curbs Heavy College Drinking, Researchers Say

Studies by Brown University researchers conclude that motivational intervention combined with alcohol education is effective in reducing heavy drinking among college students disciplined for alcohol use, Medical News Today reported June 15.

The researchers compared the disciplinary approaches used with college students who drank an average of seven drinks in one session. The research found that college students disciplined for alcohol use are heavier drinkers than their peers, but counseling curbed their drinking and other alcohol-related problems, such as vandalism and fighting.

Both alcohol education and brief motivational interventions were found to help students.

The studies are published in the June 2004 issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.