Mobile app prepartying intervention for Heavy Drinking

Phase-Based Progress Estimates
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Heavy Drinking
Mobile app prepartying intervention - Behavioral
18 - 65
All Sexes
What conditions do you have?

Study Summary

Brief Mobile Intervention for Prepartying

See full description

Treatment Effectiveness

Effectiveness Progress

1 of 3

Study Objectives

This trial is evaluating whether Mobile app prepartying intervention will improve 5 primary outcomes in patients with Heavy Drinking. Measurement will happen over the course of Past month (30 days).

Past month (30 days)
21-item Brief Young Adult Alcohol Consequences Questionnaire
Drinking frequency
Drinks during prepartying
Drinks on drinking days
Prepartying frequency

Trial Safety

Safety Progress

1 of 3

Trial Design

2 Treatment Groups

1 of 2
Prepartying mobile app intervention
1 of 2
Active Control
Experimental Treatment

This trial requires 500 total participants across 2 different treatment groups

This trial involves 2 different treatments. Mobile App Prepartying Intervention is the primary treatment being studied. Participants will all receive the same treatment. There is no placebo group. The treatments being tested are not being studied for commercial purposes.

Prepartying mobile app intervention
Mobile app intervention
ControlControl participants receive a personalized attention control task (i.e., listing and ranking favorite movies, music, and books), which controls for the time needed by the intervention group to view the intervention material.

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: past month (30 days)
This trial has the following approximate timeline: 3 weeks for initial screening, variable treatment timelines, and roughly past month (30 days) for reporting.

Closest Location

University of Southern California - Los Angeles, CA

Eligibility Criteria

This trial is for patients born any sex between 18 and 65 years old. There are 3 eligibility criteria to participate in this trial as listed below.

Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
A student who attends a college or university full time. show original
between the ages of 18 and 24
Many college students report typically pre-partying at least once per week. show original

Patient Q&A Section

What is heavy drinking?

"The present analyses failed to replicate evidence of the harmful effect of heavy drinking on the risk of chronic diseases, other than those of the cardiovascular system, including dementia, CHD, myocardial infarction, and stroke. Results suggest that the positive finding as earlier study was due to confounding and alternative explanations." - Anonymous Online Contributor

Unverified Answer

What causes heavy drinking?

"The pattern by which excessive alcohol consumption spreads to heavy drinkers suggests that the social-economic and cultural norms influencing drinking do not act in isolation. Alcohol use is not the only factor that is important when we discuss the cause of heavy drinking." - Anonymous Online Contributor

Unverified Answer

Can heavy drinking be cured?

"While heavy drinkers had a much lower chance of dying from all causes in comparison to less heavy drinkers, this difference disappears when only comparing heavy drinkers to abstainers. Heavy alcohol consumption may cause severe disruptions to the workings of the body. However, this heavy consumption can be tempered back to normal by the help of alcoholics anonymous"

"Givira gossypii\n\nGivira gossypii, the linden twig borer moth, is a moth in the family Cossidae. It is found in Australia, where it has been recorded from the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, West Australia and Western Australia." - Anonymous Online Contributor

Unverified Answer

What are common treatments for heavy drinking?

"In the United States, moderate drinking is treated through a variety of options, including medication and alcohol withdrawal therapy, outpatient counseling, residential treatment program. In contrast, heavy drinking is less often treated through outpatient counseling or formal withdrawal." - Anonymous Online Contributor

Unverified Answer

How many people get heavy drinking a year in the United States?

"Almost one-third (31%) of adults drink at least one 12 ounce or larger alcoholic beverage per year. As we move forward, prevalence estimates will reveal the impact of heavy drinking on the prevalence of alcohol use disorders." - Anonymous Online Contributor

Unverified Answer

What are the signs of heavy drinking?

"Heavy drinking is associated with a wide variety of signs and symptoms, including headache, loss of appetite, dizziness and disorientation. Alcoholism can cause major physical deformities, such as alcoholism kyphosis and cervical lordosis. Alcohol may cause depression-like symptoms. Abstinence from alcohol is the most effective treatment for alcoholism." - Anonymous Online Contributor

Unverified Answer

Does mobile app prepartying intervention improve quality of life for those with heavy drinking?

"A mobile phone-based intervention can improve PH of HF drinkers who are willing to participate in an intervention in a primary care clinic. Intervention effects were small and not observed for drinkers not willing to participate. Results are uncertain, however, for those unwilling to participate in an intervention at their primary care clinic." - Anonymous Online Contributor

Unverified Answer

Is mobile app prepartying intervention safe for people?

"The preliminary study indicates that participants in an app-based preparting intervention (Smartcall) were as willing as those in a standard intervention to take part in the research in a longitudinal follow-up study and that a similar level of satisfaction was reported over a 12-month period." - Anonymous Online Contributor

Unverified Answer

What is the latest research for heavy drinking?

"Heavy drinking is a problem in the public health arena. A number of research studies and reports have been published summarizing the most recent research on this subject. These publications will provide you with an overview of what many people currently know and do not know about heavy drinking. However, an understanding of the science behind heavy drinking is important in order to make decisions that can lead to an increase in the number and length of alcohol-related health care encounters, and perhaps an increase in the number of deaths." - Anonymous Online Contributor

Unverified Answer

Is mobile app prepartying intervention typically used in combination with any other treatments?

"Mobile apps have been used as a sole intervention for preteen drinking prevention to reduce lifetime alcohol consumption. The most common combinations of treatments involve additional intervention strategies (e.g., training, feedback, reminders, parent/student training). Mobile apps have the potential to augment and/or improve current practices." - Anonymous Online Contributor

Unverified Answer

Who should consider clinical trials for heavy drinking?

"Men, particularly the oldest men, are likely to participate in clinical trials. Physicians, clinicians, and policy makers should take account of the fact that they account for the majority of heavy drinking episodes. Results from a recent clinical trial of this article suggest that trials of heavy alcohol consumption would need to be large-scale, well-designed, and well-conducted." - Anonymous Online Contributor

Unverified Answer

How serious can heavy drinking be?

"[Hazardous drinking is associated with an increased risk of all-cause and cardiovascular mortality, both overall and after adjustment for baseline characteristics and prior health. Among heavy drinkers, the effect of heavy drinks on cardiovascular mortality is modest, and it is not clear whether it reflects selection bias." - Anonymous Online Contributor

Unverified Answer
Please Note: These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.
See if you qualify for this trial
Get access to this novel treatment for Heavy Drinking by sharing your contact details with the study coordinator.