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Systematic Review

Source: The Cochrane Collaborative

Last Reviewed: September 2017

In this Cochrane systematic review, the Cochrane Collaborative found that personalized digital interventions may reduce harmful drinking compared with no intervention at all. Researchers didn’t find enough information to determine  if it was better for people to get advice on reducing risky drinking from computers, telephones, or the internet. They also found that these things seemed helpful in interventions: 

  • Advice from trusted people like doctors
  • Recommendations that people think about specific ways to address problems that might prevent them from drinking less
  • Suggestions about things to do instead of drinking 

Researchers noted that there may be little difference in effectiveness between digital interventions and face-to-face conversations.

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Kaner, E.F.S., Beyer, F.R., Garnett, C., Crane, D., Brown, J., Muirhead, C., Redmore, J., O'Donnell, A., Newham, J.J., de Vocht, F., Hickman, M., Brown, H., Maniatopoulos, G. & Michie, S. (2017). Personalised digital interventions for reducing hazardous and harmful alcohol consumption in community-dwelling populations. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2017 (9). DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011479.pub2.