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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Brief Field-Based Intervention to Reduce Alcohol-Related Problems Among Men Who Have Sex With Men

This study evaluated the utility of a brief field-based intervention to reduce alcohol use and alcohol-related problems among men who have sex with men.

A randomized control trial was designed to test a brief alcohol intervention against an attention-placebo control intervention. Over a 13-week period in fall 2009, a sample (n = 152) of men who have sex with men was recruited at a local gay bar in San Diego, CA, and were randomized to a brief alcohol intervention or an attention-placebo control group. Sober bar patrons were recruited before bar entrance and asked to undergo a brief survey and give a breath alcohol sample at exit from the bar.

Breath alcohol concentrations at exit from the bar were not significantly different between those in the experimental alcohol feedback condition and those in the attention-placebo control condition. However, among participants in the experimental condition, those categorized as high risk for alcohol-related problems at entrance drank significantly less than planned as compared with participants categorized as low risk for alcohol-related problems.

Brief, venue-based interventions may be appropriate for men who have sex with men who plan to drink at rates that would put them at higher risk of alcohol-related problems. Additional studies exploring the utility of brief intervention in risk settings are warranted.

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