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Phase Pilot

A PPG Sensor-Based Feedback Intervention for Heavy Drinking Young Adults

  • Study HIC#:2000030417
  • Last Updated:12/17/2021

Heavy alcohol use among young adults is a significant public health problem. Advances in technology may offer an innovative solution. This project will conduct the first controlled test of a feedback intervention for reducing drinking and improving health in young adults by targeting heart rate variability, resting heart rate, and sleep via biosensors and electronic diary methods.

  • Age18 years - 25 years
  • GenderBoth
  • Start Date04/27/2021
  • End Date04/30/2023

Trial Purpose and Description

Proposed is a study to conduct the first controlled test of a feedback intervention targeting heart rate variability, resting heart rate, and sleep for heavy-drinking young adults (N=60; ages 18-25) and will leverage the capabilities of a consumer-marketed PPG sensor/mobile app. This study will evaluate the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of this intervention for promoting improvements in drinking, sleep, and health.

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18-25 years of age
  • Report ≥ 4 heavy drinking occasions in the past 28 days
  • Report Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test- Consumption (AUDIT-C) scores indictive of risk of drinking harm
  • English Speaking
  • Have a personal smartphone

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Sleep Disorder History
  • Night/ Rotating work shift
  • Travel two or more time zones in the month prior to the study or anticipated travel two or more times during study participation
  • Clinically severe AUD in past 12 months
  • Currently enrolled in alcohol or sleep treatment
  • Current, severe psychiatric illness
  • Current DSM-V substance use disorder
  • Positive urine drug screen for a substance other than marijuana

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