Computer says ‘yes’!

Researchers from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Australia have published a poster covering their findings from the first review to focus specifically on computer and Internet-based programs for the prevention of alcohol and drugs in schools.

They found 7 programmes that had sufficient data, of which:

  • 6 achieved a reduction in alcohol or drug use
  • 2 decreased intentions to smoke
  • 2 increased alcohol or drug-related knowledge

Looking at the results the authors perhaps unsurprisingly found:

The present results, together with the implementation advantages and high fidelity associated with new technology, suggest that programs facilitated by the Internet offer a promising delivery method for school-based prevention.

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