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Intervention...not simply assessment

The eCHECKUP TO GO interventions were not created or designed to be static online assessment questionnaires nor typical drug education courses.

Overall, the research in the field continues to show that knowledge-based educational programs alone are not likely to lead to behavior change. While they may improve students' knowledge about alcohol, in general, they don't appear to significantly reduce levels of alcohol consumption (NIAAA, 2002, Larimer & Cronce, 2002, Walters & Bennett, 2000).

Researchers and campus practitioners are finding promising outcomes when personalised interventions are used incorporating Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Social Norms. Furthermore, the privacy of brief web-based approaches increases the likelihood that drinkers, even hazardous drinkers, will respond with honest self-disclosure (Walters, Miller & Chiauzzi, 2005; Kypri et al., 2003, Paperny et al., 1990, Miller E.T., 2000), and report positive changes in health behavior (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2001).

Although the eCHECKUP TO GO Alcohol & Cannabis programs are indeed 'educational', they were not designed to improve participants' knowledge about alcohol/drugs...they were designed as personalized 'interventions' to reduce levels of hazardous use and the tragic consequences that too often follow (e.g., sexual assault, STD's, Alcohol Poisoning, DUI injuries and death, relationship violence, unwanted pregnancies, poor academic performance, probation and disqualification from college).

In contrast to the typical 'educational approach', students are given personalized feedback that is particularly salient to them. Based upon their own reported use patterns they receive feedback on how their drinking compares to others, their personal risk factors, relationship and health consequences, unique family risk factors, and the amount of money they spend on alcohol and/or cannabis each month.

The eCHECKUP TO GO interventions can be offered by themselves as stand-alone programs or thoughtfully integrated with other courses or curricula.

Should your institution want to offer students a knowledge-based alcohol education course, fully integrated with the eCHECKUP TO GO intervention, we recommend you consider 3rd Millennium Classrooms' on-line course. Tailored courses are designed to be used at the population-level (Alcohol Wise) or as a part of a judicial process (Under the Influence).

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