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Individual-Level Strategies
Motivational/feedback-based approach

Brief motivational intervention (BMI): In-person—Group

In-person group BMI combines a brief intervention with motivational interviewing in a group (rather than in a one-on-one setting). BMI emphasizes personal responsibility and self-efficacy of participants, offering them personalized feedback on their alcohol use, risks, expectancies, perceptions of social norms, and options for reducing problems and consequences. A trained facilitator guides the group discussion. Goals for behavioral change are set by participants.

  • Effectiveness: = Moderate effectiveness
  • Cost: $$ = Mid-range
  • Barriers: ## = Moderate
  • Research Amount: *** = 7 to 10 studies
  • Public Health Reach: Focused
  • Primary Modality: In-person group
  • Staffing Expertise Needed: Health professional and coordinator
  • Target Population: Individuals or specific groups
  • Duration of Effects: Short-term (< 6 months) and long-term (≥ 6 months) effects

NOTE: Cost ratings are based on the relative program and staff costs for adoption, implementation, and maintenance of a strategy. Actual costs will vary by institution, depending on size, existing programs, and other campus and community factors.

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