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NCJ Number: 202339 Find in a Library
Title: Early Unsupervised Drinking--Reducing the Risks: The School Health and Alcohol Harm Reduction Project
Journal: Drug and Alcohol Review  Volume:22  Issue:3  Dated:September 2003  Pages:263-276
Author(s): Nyanda McBride; Fiona Farringdon; Richard Midford; Lynn Meuleners; Mike Phillips
Date Published: September 2003
Page Count: 14
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This study analyzed the effectiveness of the School Health and Alcohol Harm Reduction Project (SHAHRP) in secondary schools in Western Australia.
Abstract: The SHAHRP program was designed to reduce alcohol-related harm by bolstering students’ ability to identify and deal with high-risk drinking situations and issues. The SHAHRP study involved a quasi-experimental design utilizing intervention and control groups in 14 government secondary schools in Western Australia. Participants were 2,300 intervention and control students aged 13 to 17 years. Change was measured over a 32-month period. The intervention program was classroom-based and was conducted in two phases over a 2 year period. Intervention outcomes were analyzed by measurements of baseline context of alcohol use. Evaluation of the intervention program revealed that SHAHRP had little impact on baseline supervised alcohol consumption. However, baseline non-drinkers and unsupervised drinkers were less likely to consume alcohol in risky situations in comparison to the control groups. Furthermore, unsupervised drinkers experienced an 18.4 percent reduction in alcohol-related harm after participation in the intervention group; this reduction in harm was maintained 17 months after completion of the program. The authors conclude that that drug intervention programs in school settings should be completed in phases and that program components should be targeted to specific baseline groups. Most importantly, drug intervention programs should be timed prior to the initiation of unsupervised drinking. Figures, references
Main Term(s): Deterrence effectiveness; Program evaluation
Index Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Australia; Intervention; Juvenile drug use
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