School-based alcohol-prevention programs that help teenagers understand their personality strengths and weaknesses can reduce teenagers’ drinking problems, according toin JAMA Psychiatry.
Researchers tracked 2,410 9th graders. Half participated in Advance, which uses student surveys to identify alcohol-risk profiles, including “anxiety-sensitivity,” “hopelessness,” “impulsivity,” or “sensation-seeking.” Students of similar profiles meet to discuss ways to respond to drinking-related situations. Two years later, Advance students were less likely than peers to have started drinking, drank less overall, and were less likely to binge drink.
A version of this article appeared in the January 30, 2013 edition of Education Week as Underage Drinking