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Ready-to-Change: A telephone-based intervention for alcohol misuse

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Trial Information

Broad Health Condition Public Health
Mental Health

Specific Health ConditionHealth promotion/education

Trial FocusEducational / counselling / training

Recruitment Details

Recruitment status

Recruitment State


Anticipated date of first participant enrolment1/06/2018

Anticipated date of last participant enrolment2/12/2019

Phase of TrialNot Applicable

Has the study received ethics approval?Further information iconApproved

Trial summary

Alcohol related harm is a significant issue for Australians. Unfortunately, few people seek help early to reduce their alcohol use, despite the effectiveness of available programs.

Many barriers to seeking help for problem alcohol use are overcome through confidential, telephone delivered programs that are available after hours. These programs may provide support options for Australians who would never seek treatment in traditional settings due to stigma, service operating hours, thinking the problem isn’t serious enough for treatment, or thinking that it will get better on its own.

People age 18+ years, who would like to reduce how much or how often they drink, are invited to take part in this study comparing two types of telephone delivered programs (1. the Ready-to-Change intervention; 2. minimal standard of care). These support programs are delivered over the telephone at times convenient to participants, from anywhere in Australia:

- Participants will receive between 4 and 6 telephone calls from their dedicated support caller
- Supporting information will be sent
- Our researcher will check in with participants at baseline and then 4 times over a 12-month period
- Participants will be paid for their time.


Key inclusion criteria

- Hazardous/harmful alcohol use indicated by an Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) score of >6/7 for women/men
- Greater than or equal to 18 years of age
- English as a first language or fluent
- Educated to high school level
- Regular access to a telephone, a postal address (to receive the workbooks)
- Able to provide informed consent to participate.

Minimum age18 Years

GenderBoth males and females

Can Healthy volunteers participate? No

Key exclusion criteria

- Currently attending or has intention to attend other treatment for alcohol problems
- Hearing impairment sufficient to prohibit a telephone interview
- Current or past history of psychosis
- Actively suicidal
- Acquired brain injury
- Pregnancy
- Severe alcohol dependence requiring urgent medically assisted treatment (history of severe withdrawal symptoms, plus Severity of Alcohol Dependence Questionnaire [SADQ-C] score greater than or equal to 31 = severe alcohol dependence)
Contact details and further information

Sponsor Primary Sponsor Type: Hospital
Primary Sponsor Name: Eastern Health
Primary Sponsor Address: 5 Arnold St, Box Hill VIC 3128
Primary Sponsor Country: Australia

Trial website

Trial IDACTRN12618000828224

Contact person for information and recruitmentDr
Jasmin Grigg
Turning Point 110 Church St Richmond, VIC 3121
+61 3 8413 8723
+61 3 9416 3420

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