[Brief alcohol screening and intervention for college students (BASICS): A German pilot study]

Title[Brief alcohol screening and intervention for college students (BASICS): A German pilot study]
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsHanewinkel, R, Wiborg, G
JournalSucht: Zeitschrift für Wissenschaft und Praxis
Place PublishedGermany
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0939-5911
Accession Number2005-16824-005. First Author & Affiliation: Hanewinkel, Reiner
KeywordsAlcohol Drinking Patterns, alcohol related problems, binge drinking, binge episodes, Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students, brief intervention, College students, daily drinking, German adaptation, Intervention, motivational interviewing, Screening Tests

Aim: To introduce a German adaptation and pilot evaluation of Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS). Methods: BASICS was modified for use in a German setting. Students from the University of Kiel were screened for alcohol-related problems. 21 students who reported that they drank in binges (five or more drinks on one occasion during the previous month) were invited to participate in a single feedback session that was based on Motivational Interviewing. Results: BASICS was shortened to a single session, and German screening instruments were used. Students evaluated the feedback session positively. At an eight-week follow-up, participants' average daily alcohol consumption had significantly reduced from 31.50 grams to 9.60 grams of pure alcohol; however, binge drinking still occurred. Conclusions: The German version of BASICS appears to be beneficial; the German version of the manual can be used to conduct the intervention. Randomised-controlled trials are needed to further examine the effectiveness of BASICS in Germany. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

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