This project - ‘Addressing hazardous alcohol use with a harm-reduction focused brief intervention programme’ - is designed to address heavy and hazardous drinking and associated behavioural and health problems within the student community at the University of St Andrews.
The project will examine whether two short interventions designed specifically for students, delivered by a trained alcohol adviser, and supported by personalised resources and information, will help students mature in their approach to alcohol and develop the skills to manage their alcohol intake and any associated risks. The project will also incorporate improved collaboration with external stakeholders, including Fife Alcohol Support Services (FASS), NHS Fife, Scottish Ambulance Service and local GPs.
The project team will test the hypothesis that a targeted harm-reduction focused brief intervention programme, which is non-confrontational and non-judgemental, will lead to modified alcohol consumption and a decrease in associated risky behaviour among participating students.
The project aims to:
A pilot programme will target students identified as engaging in hazardous drinking, including those who require the assistance of wardennial staff in university residences, those who have needed emergency healthcare or support of a Student Services' adviser, and those who are called before the University Conduct Officer for an alcohol-related offence. Students may also self-refer into the pilot.
The project involves the following:
The project team aims to produce a project report with key findings and recommendations for the sector, plus an alcohol use survey and analysis report.