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Personalised feedback on alcohol problems in young adults is more effective as part of a motivational interview

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Peter M Monti

Correspondence to: Peter M Monti, Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, Brown University, Box G-S121-5, Providence, RI 02912, USA;



Does personalised feedback need to be combined with motivational interviewing to reduce consumption and alcohol-related problems in young adults?


198 young adults aged 18–24 years who were positive for alcohol use when they presented to the emergency department (blood alcohol concentration >0.01%) or who met screening criteria for alcohol problems (reporting drinking alcohol in the previous 6 hours or score ⩾8 on the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test).


Trauma centre in Rhode Island, USA; recruitment January 2000 to June 2003.


Delivery of personalised feedback report through very brief contact (1–3 minutes) with a counsellor, or delivery in the context of a 30–45 minute long motivational interview session. The personalised feedback report was based on an assessment at baseline, which gave information on how much the patient …

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  • Notes: People who completed 6 and 12 month follow-up had a higher baseline number of drinking days, heavy drinking days, and drinks per week than non-completers.

  • Source of funding: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism; Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • ▸ An additional table is published online only at


  • Competing interests: None.