This research aimed to investigate how DrinkThink, a specially designed alcohol screening and brief intervention (ASBI) for young people, was being applied by staff who were trained in its delivery.
June 2014 - March 2017
January 2018 - April 2019
Despite downward trends in the self-reported prevalence and frequency of alcohol use by age 17, over half of girls and almost two thirds of boys in England report weekly drinking.
Alcohol use and intoxication during adolescence is associated with short and long-term harms to health, including greater likelihood of dependency later in life. As a result, it is important to preventing harmful alcohol use during adolescence can have an impact on health and wellbeing across the life course.
This research aims to carry out qualitative research to underpin the development of a new internet-based intervention to prevent alcohol use and related harms. This intervention will be embedded within the Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) curriculum for Year 9 students within secondary schools.
Qualitative research will be conducted with young people, teachers and professional experts to explore views and perspectives around the content and design of the intervention; alongside mapping of existing evidence and literature regarding behaviour change.
Young people advisory groups will be consulted at two different time points to inform the design and optimisation of the internet-based intervention. A proposal for further funding will be prepared towards the end of the project to enable development of the optimised intervention and to conduct a feasibility study within schools.