Background: Electronic-based alcohol screening and brief interventions for university students
with problem drinking behaviours forms an important means by which to identify risky drinkers.
Methods: In this study an e-SBI project was implemented to assess drinking patterns, and to
provide personalised feedback about alcohol consumption and related health problems, to students
in a Swedish university. In this study, third semester university students (n = 2858) from all faculties
(colleges) at the University were invited to participate in e-SBI screenings. This study employed a
randomised controlled trial, with respondents having a equal chance of being assigned to a limited,
or full-feedback response.
Results: The study shows that high risk drinkers tend to underestimate their own consumption
compared to others, and that these high risk drinkers experience more negative consequences
after alcohol intake, than other respondents. There was a strong belief, for both high- and low-risk
drinkers, that alcohol helped celebrations be more festive. This study also confirms findings from
other study locations that while males drank more than females in our study population; females
reached the same peak alcohol blood concentrations as males.
Conclusion: Obtaining clear and current information on drinking patterns demonstrated by
university students can help public health officials, university administration, and local health care
providers develop appropriate prevention and treatment strategies.
Autor: Agneta Andersson; Ann-Britt Wiréhn; Christina Olvander; Diana Stark Ekman; Preben Bendtsen