Multi-component education-focused program (MCEFP): AlcoholEdu® for College
AlcoholEdu® for College is a two-part, online program providing personalized feedback along with education around alcohol use. The first part of the program is typically completed in the summer before freshmen arrive on campus, with the second part being completed during the fall. Students must complete knowledge-based quizzes in order to complete the course. Cost of the program is based on first-year enrollment size. This program also may target individuals and all students.
Effectiveness: = Higher effectiveness
Cost: $$$ = Higher
Barriers: # = Lower
Research Amount: ** = 4 to 6 studies
Public Health Reach: Broad
Primary Modality: Online
Staffing Expertise Needed: Coordinator
Target Population: Individuals, specific groups, or all students
Duration of Effects: Short-term (< 6 months); no long-term (≥ 6 months) effects
Effectiveness ratings are based on the percentage of studies reporting any positive outcomes. Strategies with three or fewer studies did not receive an effectiveness rating due to the limited data on which to base a conclusion. Cost ratings are based on the relative program and staff costs for adoption, implementation, and maintenance of a strategy. Actual costs will vary by institution, depending on size, existing programs, and other campus and community factors. Barriers to implementing a strategy include cost and opposition, among other factors. Public health reach refers to the number of students that a strategy affects. Strategies with a broad reach affect all students or a large group of students (e.g., all underage students); strategies with a focused reach affect individuals or small groups of students (e.g., sanctioned students). Research amount/quality refers to the number of randomized controlled trials (RCT) that evaluated the strategy. Duration of effects refers to the timeframe within which the intervention demonstrated effects on alcohol-related behavioral outcomes; follow-up periods for short-term effects were <6 months; follow-up periods for long-term effects were ≥6 months.
Cronce, J.M.; and Larimer, M.E. Individual-focused approaches to the prevention of college student drinking. Alcohol Research and Health 34(2):210–21, 2011.
- Croom, K.; Lewis, D.; Marchell, T.; Lesser, M.L.; Reyna, V.F.; Kubicki-Bedford, L.; et al. Impact of an online alcohol education course on behavior and harm for incoming first-year college students: Short-term evaluation of a randomized trial. Journal of American College Health 57:445–54, 2009. (Indicates 2003-2004 version was used, but does not include the release number)
- Hustad, J.T.P.; Barnett, N.P.; Borsari, B.; and Jackson, K.M. Web-based alcohol prevention for incoming college students: A randomized controlled trial. Addictive Behaviors 35:183–89, 2010. (No version stated)
- Lovecchio, C.P.; Wyatt, T.M.; and DeJong, W. Reductions in drinking and alcohol-related harms reported by first-year college students taking an online alcohol education course: A randomized trial. Journal of Health Communication 15:805–19, 2010. (2007 version)
Additional studies not identified in prior reviews
- Paschall, M.J.; Antin, T.; Ringwalt, C.L.; and Saltz, R.F. Evaluation of an Internet-based alcohol misuse prevention course for college freshmen: Findings from a randomized multi-campus trial. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 41(3):300–8, 2011a. (2008 version)
- Paschall, M.J.; Antin, T.; Ringwalt, C.L.; and Saltz, R.F. Effects of AlcoholEdu for college on alcohol-related problems among freshmen: A Randomized Multicampus Trial. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 72:642–50, 2011b. (2008 version)
References from 2019 update
No studies identified.
A commercial product is available from EverFi at https://www.everfi.com/courses/higher-education/alcoholedu-awareness-prevention-undergraduate/.
For more information about intervention designs and implementation, check the articles in the References tab.