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Brief alcohol intervention for risky drinking in young people aged 14–15 years in secondary schools: the SIPS JR-HIGH RCT

Giles, Emma L, McGeechan, Grant J, Coulton, Simon, Deluca, Paolo, Drummond, Colin, Howel, Denise, Kaner, Eileen, McColl, Elaine, McGovern, Ruth, Scott, Stephanie, and others. (2019) Brief alcohol intervention for risky drinking in young people aged 14–15 years in secondary schools: the SIPS JR-HIGH RCT. Public Health Research, 7 (9). (doi:10.3310/phr07090) (KAR id:73800)

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Background: Adverse effects from young people’s alcohol consumption manifest in a range of physical

The SIPS JR-HIGH pilot trial showed alcohol screening and brief intervention (ASBI) to be acceptable to

Objectives: To conduct a two-arm, individually randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness

to monitor the fidelity of ASBI and to explore the barriers to, and facilitators of, implementation with staff,

Design: A baseline survey with a 12-month follow-up. Interviews with 30 school staff, 21 learning

Setting: Thirty state schools in four areas of England: north-east, north-west, Kent and London.

November 2015 and June 2016), school-based staff and parents of the young people who took part in

Interventions: Young people who screened positively on a single alcohol screening question and

one-to-one structured brief intervention with a trained learning mentor and an alcohol leaflet. The control

Main outcome measures: The primary outcome measure was total alcohol consumed in the last 28 days.

drink consumption, age of first smoking, quality of life, quality-adjusted life-years, service utilisation and

Results: A total of 4523 young people completed the baseline survey, with 1064 screening positively (24%)

arm and 210 were randomised to the intervention arm. Of the 443, 374 (84%) were successfully followed

evidence of benefit for any alcohol-related measure when compared with the control arm. At 12 months

point of 8 and cut-off point of 4 (69.0% to 60.7%). These results were not significant. A cost-effectiveness

interval –£11,272 to £2707) per year compared with usual practice, with the intervention showing a 76%

was an acceptable setting to carry out ASBI among staff and young people.

recorded, making it difficult to assess internal validity.

14–15 years, it was well received by the young people and school staff who participated.

on the effectiveness of ASBI in the future. Pilot feasibility studies should include more than one

Trial registration: Current Controlled Trials ISRCTN45691494.

Research programme and will be published in full in Public Health Research; Vol. 7, No. 9. See the NIHR

Journals Library website for further project information.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3310/phr07090
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Simon Coulton
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2019 14:54 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:04 UTC
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