Development and Pilot Testing of a Multi-modal Web-based Program to Address Heavy Drinking During Smoking Cessation

Grant Summary:

Many smokers drink alcohol to excess, resulting in numerous health problems and lower likelihood of quitting smoking. Smoking cessation counseling that addresses heavy drinking can reduce alcohol use and improve smokers’ chances of quitting. Delivering this kind of intervention via the Internet can reach large numbers of smokers with much less cost than in-person counseling. Led by Brown University, this project adapted a proven smoking cessation counseling approach for heavy drinkers to be delivered via EX. Usability testing and feedback from smokers about the intervention was incorporated into the final design, which was tested among 120 current smokers who enrolled on EX in a pilot randomized trial.

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