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Combined classroom curriculum and parental intervention reduces binge drinking

24/04/2017


An NIHR funded trial of the Steps Towards Alcohol Misuse Prevention Programme, involving over 12,000 pupils, has shown that alcohol education in schools, combined with information to parents, can reduce binge drinking in teenagers.

A National Institute of Health Research funded trial of the Steps Towards Alcohol Misuse Prevention Programme (STAMPP), involving over 12,000 pupils, has shown that alcohol education in schools, combined with information to parents, can reduce binge drinking in teenagers.

While fewer pupils who took part in STAMPP reported binge drinking in the previous 30 days (17% of pupils) than pupils in other schools who just received their normal education (26% of pupils), the number of alcohol-related harms after drinking (including consequences such as getting into fights, damaging property or having a hangover) was not different between the STAMPP pupils and the comparison group.

The study was undertaken by a consortium of researchers from Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool University, Oxford Brooke University, Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation, and the NI Clinical Trial Unit. The full report has been published in the Public Health Research journal and can be downloaded here:

 https://www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk/phr/phr05020/#/abstract

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