Preventing Risky Drinking in First-Year College Women

Further Validation of a Female-Specific Motivational-Enhancement Group Intervention

About the Course:

Female college students have increased their alcohol consumption rates. The current study sought to replicate the effectiveness of a female-specific motivational-enhancement group intervention and extended previous work by adding a six-month follow-up. The intervention included several motivational-enhancement components delivered in a group setting and included a group discussion of females-specific reasons for drinking.


National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Publication Date:

Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Supplement No. 16, July 2009


Joseph W. Labrie, Ph.D., Karen K. Huchting, M.A., Andrew Lac, M.S., Summer Tawalbeh, B.A., Alysha D. Thompson, B.A.; Mary E. Larimer, Ph.D.

About the Authors:

The authors are with the Department of Psychology, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California.

Mary E. Larimer is with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about preventing risky drinking in first-year college women. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss risky drinking among female college students, including motivations for drinking and the differences between men and women in the effects and metabolization of alcohol.

  2. Describe the method employed by researchers examining the efficacy of a female-specific motivational-enhancement group intervention on preventing risky drinking behavior in first-year college women.

  3. Discuss study results, including moderation effects on drinkers and non-drinkers at ten weeks and six-months post-intervention.

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