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Trial registered on ANZCTR

Registration number
Ethics application status
Date submitted
Date registered
Date last updated
Type of registration
Retrospectively registered

Titles & IDs
Public title
THRIVE (Tertiary Health Research Intervention Via Email)
Scientific title
For undergraduate university students drinking at harmful and hazardous levels, how effective is 10 minutes of web-based motivational assessment and personalised feedback compared to screening alone in reducing frequency and quantity of alcohol consumption?
Universal Trial Number (UTN)
Trial acronym
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Health condition
Health condition(s) or problem(s) studied:
Alcohol Consumption 2366 0
Alcohol-Related Harm 2367 0
Tobacco Use 2368 0
Condition category
Condition code
Public Health 2473 2473 0 0
Health promotion/education
Public Health 3002 3002 0 0
Health promotion/education

Study type
Description of intervention(s) / exposure
10 minutes of web-based motivational assessment and personalised feedback on alcohol consumption versus screening only control followed up at one and six months.
Intervention code [1] 2087 0
Early detection / Screening
Intervention code [2] 2088 0
Intervention code [3] 2089 0
Comparator / control treatment
Web-based assessment of drinking only
Control group

Primary outcome [1] 3368 0
Frequency of drinking
Timepoint [1] 3368 0
At 1 and 6 months after randomization
Primary outcome [2] 3369 0
Drinks per typical occasion
Timepoint [2] 3369 0
At 1 and 6 months after randomization
Primary outcome [3] 3370 0
Overall volume of alcohol consumed
Timepoint [3] 3370 0
At 1 and 6 months after randomization
Secondary outcome [1] 5587 0
Frequency of heavy episodes
Timepoint [1] 5587 0
At 6 months after randomization
Secondary outcome [2] 5588 0
Number of personal problems
Timepoint [2] 5588 0
At 1 and 6 months after randomization
Secondary outcome [3] 5589 0
Number of academic problem behaviours
Timepoint [3] 5589 0
At 1 and 6 months after randomization
Secondary outcome [4] 5590 0
Subjective views of intervention effects
Timepoint [4] 5590 0
At 6 months after randomization
Secondary outcome [5] 5591 0
Intervention effect on health seeking behaviour
Timepoint [5] 5591 0
At 6 months after randomization

Key inclusion criteria
Inclusion criteria: full-time enrolment at Curtin University of Technololgy, internal study mode at Bentley campus, recent hazardous drinking: scoring 8+ on the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) and drinking more than 4/6 (females/males) standard drinks on one or more occasions in previous 4 weeks. (Hazardous drinking status assessed via web-based screening questionnaire.)
Minimum age
17 Years
Maximum age
25 Years
Both males and females
Can healthy volunteers participate?
Key exclusion criteria
Not recent hazardous drinking: scoring 7 or below on the AUDIT and/or not drinking more than 4/6 (females/males) standard drinks on one or more occasions in previous 4 weeks.

Study design
Purpose of the study
Allocation to intervention
Randomised controlled trial
Procedure for enrolling a subject and allocating the treatment (allocation concealment procedures)
Participants randomly selected from university enrolment database, sent postal and email invitations to complete baseline survey. Those screening positive for hazardous drinking via computer algorithms within the baseline survey were then automatically allocated to intervention or control group via computerised randomisation. Contacted by letter and email at 1 and 6 months to complete follow ups via web-based interface. In accordance with ethics approval, participants were not informed that the study was a RCT.
Methods used to generate the sequence in which subjects will be randomised (sequence generation)
Sequence generation conducted by programmer not involved in implementation of the trial on site (therefore not in contact with study participants) by using a randomisation table created by computer software. Sequence applied automatically by computer algorithms during completion of the baseline survey.
Masking / blinding
Blinded (masking used)
Who is / are masked / blinded?

Intervention assignment
Other design features
Not Applicable
Type of endpoint/s
Statistical methods / analysis

Recruitment status
Date of first participant enrolment
Date of last participant enrolment
Date of last data collection
Sample size
Accrual to date
Recruitment in Australia
Recruitment state(s)
Recruitment postcode(s) [1] 431 0

Funding & Sponsors
Funding source category [1] 2620 0
Government body
Name [1] 2620 0
Healthway (Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation)
Country [1] 2620 0
Primary sponsor type
Western Australian Centre for Health Promotion Research, Curtin University of Technology
Kent Street
Bentley WA 6102
Secondary sponsor category [1] 2369 0
Name [1] 2369 0
Address [1] 2369 0
Country [1] 2369 0

Ethics approval
Ethics application status
Ethics committee name [1] 4540 0
Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee
Ethics committee address [1] 4540 0
Office of Research and Development
Curtin University of Technology
GPO Box U1987
Perth WA 6845
Ethics committee country [1] 4540 0
Date submitted for ethics approval [1] 4540 0
Approval date [1] 4540 0
Ethics approval number [1] 4540 0

Brief summary
This study sought to determine the efficacy of universal web-based screening and provision of motivational feedback to reduce hazardous drinking among a university undergraduate student population.
Trial website
Trial related presentations / publications
Public notes

Principal investigator
Name 28050 0
Address 28050 0
Country 28050 0
Phone 28050 0
Fax 28050 0
Email 28050 0
Contact person for public queries
Name 11207 0
Professor Peter Howat
Address 11207 0
Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer Control
Curtin University
GPO Box U1987
Perth WA 6845
Country 11207 0
Phone 11207 0
+61 8 92661719
Fax 11207 0
Email 11207 0
Contact person for scientific queries
Name 2135 0
Dr Kypros Kypri
Address 2135 0
School of Medicine and Public Health
Level 3
David Maddison Clinical Sciences Building
University of Newcastle
King & Watt Streets
Newcastle NSW 2300
Country 2135 0
Phone 2135 0
+61 2 4913 8231
Fax 2135 0
Email 2135 0

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No Supporting Document Provided

Results publications and other study-related documents

Documents added manually
No documents have been uploaded by study researchers.

Documents added automatically
SourceTitleYear of PublicationDOI
Dimensions AIUndergraduate student drinking and related harms at an Australian university: web-based survey of a large random sample2012
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