London: Alcohol abuse in adults can be more effectively tackled through Internet-based interventions, which are often more accessible and acceptable than face-to-face counselling, scientists say. According to a study published in the journal PLOS Medicine, Internet-based interventions for adult problem drinking (iAIs) could serve as a first step toward changing problem-drinking behaviors and seeking more intensive treatment if needed.
Global estimations continue to show increasing morbidity, mortality and social harm caused by all types of problem drinking. Although brief face-to-face interventions are effective, they are rarely used. Internet-based interventions could overcome this treatment gap because they are more accessible and scalable, and they are more acceptable to problem drinkers.
Researcher from VU University in the Netherlands investigated the effectiveness and moderators of treatment outcomes in Internet-based interventions for adult problem drinking. The results show that Internet-based alcohol interventions in both community and health care populations are effective in reducing weekly alcohol consumption.