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Individual-Level Strategies
Motivational/feedback-based approach

Personalized feedback intervention (PFI): College Drinker’s Check-up (CDCU)

The College Drinker’s Check-up (CDCU) is a single-session, web-based program for students who drink heavily and is an adaptation of the well-established in-person Drinker’s Check-Up, originally developed for heavy-drinking adults. Students receive personalized feedback on the quantity and frequency of their alcohol use in comparison with same-gender college peers. Students also receive blood alcohol content feedback. The CDCU is a commercial product. Campuses pay a one-time cost based on size: $2,500 for smaller institutions (<15,000 students) and $4,500 for larger institutions.

  • Effectiveness: X = Too few studies to rate effectiveness
  • Cost: $ = Lower
  • Barriers: # = Lower
  • Research Amount: * = 3 or fewer studies
  • Public Health Reach: Broad
  • Primary Modality: Online
  • Staffing Expertise Needed: 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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