The effect on problematic drinking behavior of a brief motivational interview shortly after a first arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol: A randomized trial

In this study, the authors examined whether the administration of motivational interviewing-based “brief intervention” (BI) counseling shortly after a first arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) decreases problem drinking behavior. First-time DUI arrestees at a county jail from December 2010 through April 2011 were included in the study and a single-center, parallel-group, double-blinded superiority randomized trial was performed. Participants were randomized to either a single brief intervention or no discussion, and the primary outcome measure was a 90-day change in Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) scores. Of the 200 subjects enrolled, 181 completed the 90-day followup. Mean baseline AUDIT scores were 8.8 among control subjects and 7.7 among BI subjects; after 90 days, AUDIT scores decreased by a mean 4.7 units among control subjects and 3.4 among BI subjects. The two groups showed no difference in the likelihood of subsequent binge drinking, abstinence, alcohol-related injury to self or others, and seeking treatment. The authors conclude that a BI counseling session after first time DUI arrest neither reduces self-reported drinking behavior nor increases alcohol treatment-seeking.


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  • Accession Number: 01526216
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 4 2014 4:21PM