A mobile phone intervention to reduce binge drinking among disadvantaged men: study protocol for a randomised controlled cost-effectiveness trial

Iain K Crombie, Linda Irvine, Brian Williams, Falko Sniehotta, Dennis Petrie, Josie M M Evans, Carol Emslie, Claire Jones, Ian W Ricketts, Gerry Humphris, John Norrie, Peter Rice, Peter W Slane

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    Abstract

    Socially disadvantaged men are at a substantially higher risk of developing alcohol-related problems. The frequency of heavy drinking in a single session is high among disadvantaged men. Brief alcohol interventions were developed for, and are usually delivered in, healthcare settings. The group who binge drink most frequently, young to middle-aged disadvantaged men, have less contact with health services and there is a need for an alternative method of intervention delivery. Text messaging has been used successfully to modify other adverse health behaviours. This study will test whether text messages can reduce the frequency of binge drinking by disadvantaged men.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages8
    JournalTrials
    Volume15
    Issue number494
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014

    Keywords

    • binge drinking
    • mobile technology
    • disadvantaged men
    • alcohol intervention
    • public health

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    Crombie, I. K., Irvine, L., Williams, B., Sniehotta, F., Petrie, D., Evans, J. M. M., Emslie, C., Jones, C., Ricketts, I. W., Humphris, G., Norrie, J., Rice, P., & Slane, P. W. (2014). A mobile phone intervention to reduce binge drinking among disadvantaged men: study protocol for a randomised controlled cost-effectiveness trial. Trials, 15(494). https://doi.org/10.1186/1745-6215-15-494