Responding to excessive alcohol consumption in third-level (REACT): a study protocol

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dc.contributor.author Davoren, Martin P.
dc.contributor.author Calnan, Susan
dc.contributor.author Mulcahy, Judith
dc.contributor.author Lynch, Emily
dc.contributor.author Perry, Ivan J.
dc.contributor.author Byrne, Michael
dc.date.accessioned 2018-09-20T15:53:45Z
dc.date.available 2018-09-20T15:53:45Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Davoren, M. P., Calnan, S., Mulcahy, J., Lynch, E., Perry, I. J. and Byrne, M. (2018) 'Responding to excessive alcohol consumption in third-level (REACT): a study protocol', BMC Health Services Research, 18(1), 364 (8pp). doi: 10.1186/s12913-018-3173-z en
dc.identifier.volume 18
dc.identifier.startpage 1
dc.identifier.endpage 8
dc.identifier.issn 1472-6963
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/6843
dc.identifier.doi 10.1186/s12913-018-3173-z
dc.description.abstract Background: Problem alcohol use is an ongoing, worldwide phenomenon of considerable concern. Throughout the past 20 years, national policies have noted the importance of students when tackling alcohol consumption. Considering alcohol is a multifaceted issue, a multi-component response is required to combat its excessive use. This protocol sets out the approach used for developing, implementing and evaluating the REACT (Responding to Excessive Alcohol Consumption in Third-level) Programme. Methods/design: This evaluation will provide the evidence base for programme development, implementation and improvement. Stage one involved defining the multi-component intervention. This was developed following a systematic review of existing literature and a Delphi-consensus workshop involving university students, staff and relevant stakeholders. Following this, the programme is being implemented across the Higher Education sector in Ireland. A number of Higher Education Institutes have declined the invitation to participate in the programme. These institutions will act as control sites. Each intervention site will have a steering committee whose membership will include a mix of students and academic and student service staff. This steering committee will report to the REACT research team on the implementation of mandatory and optional action points at local sites. An online cross-sectional study at baseline and two-years post intervention will be utilised to determine the impact of the REACT programme. The impact assessment will focus on (1) whether the intervention has reduced alcohol consumption among third-level students (2); whether the programme altered students attitudes toward alcohol and (3) whether the programme has decreased the second-hand effects associated with excessive consumption. Finally, qualitative research will focus on factors influencing the take-up and implementation of this programme as well as students' views on the initiative. Discussion: Alcohol consumption has remained on the policy agenda at both national and international level over recent decades. Students are regularly among the highest alcohol consumers, yet university management and public policymakers struggle to tackle this burgeoning issue. The REACT Programme provides a structure to translate policy into practice for those seeking to reduce hazardous alcohol consumption and related harms among third-level students. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher BioMed Central en
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dc.rights © 2018, the Author(s). Open Access. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated. en
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dc.subject Students en
dc.subject Alcohol en
dc.subject Intervention en
dc.subject University en
dc.subject Ireland en
dc.subject Multi-component en
dc.subject Complex en
dc.title Responding to excessive alcohol consumption in third-level (REACT): a study protocol en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Martin Davoren, Epidemiology and Public Health, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: m.davoren@ucc.ie en
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dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.contributor.funder Tomar Trust
dc.contributor.funder Health Service Executive
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle BMC Health Services Research, en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress m.davoren@ucc.ie en
dc.identifier.articleid 364


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