Research on the Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO
Fifteen (15) outcome studies—10 published in peer-reviewed journals and 5 presented at professional conferences— conducted across various campus communities consistently demonstrate that the eCHECKUP TO GO (e-CHUG) significantly reduces students’ drinking and risk-taking behaviors.
...at the Population Level, with All Freshmen
Seven (7) studies demonstrate the program’s efficacy with the general freshman population and at the population level (Hustad, Barnett, Borsari, & Jackson, in press; Doumas, Kane, Navarro, & Roman, in press; Doumas & Anderson, 2009; Lane & Schmidt, 2007; Wilson, Henry & Lange, 2005; Steiner, Woodall & Yeagley, 2005; Henry, Lange & Wilson, 2004)
...Integrated into Alcohol Education
Two (2) studies demonstrate reductions in alcohol use and related harms, and improvement in retention rates and GPA when the eCHECKUP TO GO is integrated with 3rd Millennium Classroom’s knowledge-based curriculum (Lane & Schmidt, 2007; Salafsky, Moll & Glider, 2007)
...Added to Alcohol Education
Three (3) studies demonstrate significant improvements in outcomes when the eCHECKUP TO GO is added to existing alcohol education programs (Lane & Schmidt, 2007; Wilson, Henry & Lange, 2005; Henry, Lange & Wilson, 2004)
...as a Stand-Alone Intervention
Two (2) studies show the efficacy of the eCHECKUP TO GO as a stand-alone intervention (Walters, Vader & Harris, 2007; Steiner, Woodall & Yeagley, 2005)
...as a Judicial Mandate
Four (4) studies demonstrate the efficacy of the eCHECKUP TO GO as a part of a judicial mandate (Alfonso, Hall & Dunn, 2012; Doumas, Workman, Navarro & Smith, 2011; Doumas, Workman, Smith & Navarro, 2011; Salafsky, Moll & Glider, 2007)
...with Heavy drinkers
Two (2) studies show the efficacy of the eCHECKUP TO GO with heavy drinkers (Walters, Vader, Harris, Field & Jouriles, 2009; Walters, Vader & Harris, 2007)
One (1) study shows the eCHECKUP TO GO's efficacy reducing heavy drinking in first year intercollegiate athletes (Doumas, Haustveit & Coll, 2010)
Is Alcohol Education Alone Sufficient?
A recent study at Cornell University (2009) concluded:
“Alcohol knowledge alone was insufficient to mitigate alcohol-related high-risk behaviors...the pervasive result across a variety of behavioral outcomes was the finding that there was no significant difference between AlcoholEdu and control groups.” They also stated that AlcoholEdu—the educational-only program—“did not appear to significantly affect many of the targeted behavioral outcomes,” (Croom, et al., 2009).
The drinking cultures of high-risk populations including freshmen, athletes, and Greek members require an intervention that goes beyond education. The integration of the eCHECKUP TO GO’s evidence-based personalized intervention into 3rd Millennium Classroom’s interactive alcohol education curriculum shows great promise.