Do Brief Motivational Interventions Reduce Alcohol-impaired Driving Among College Students? A Meta-analysis of Individual Participant Data

Published: 14 January 2021| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/j45wkj23c5.1
Xiaoyin Li,
Shelby Lineberry,
Zhengqi Tan,
David Huh,
Scott Walters,
Zhengyang Zhou,
Mary Larimer


This data source provides the data and R computing code to replicate the analysis reported in Mun et al. (2021). Do brief alcohol interventions reduce driving after drinking among college students? A two-step meta-analysis of individual participant data. Alcohol and Alcoholism. (in press) Abstract Aims: College students who drink are at an increased risk of driving after drinking and alcohol involved traffic accidents and deaths. Furthermore, the persistence of driving after drinking over time underscores a need for effective interventions to prevent future drunk driving in adulthood. The present study examined whether brief alcohol interventions (BAIs) for college students reduce driving after drinking. Methods: A two-step meta-analysis of individual participant data (IPD) was conducted using a combined sample of 6801 college students from 15 randomized controlled trials (38% male, 72% White and 58% first-year students). BAIs included individually delivered Motivational Interviewing with Personalized Feedback (MI + PF), Group Motivational Interviewing (GMI), and stand-alone Personalized Feedback (PF) interventions. Two outcome variables, driving after two+/three+ drinks and driving after four+/five+ drinks, were checked, harmonized and analyzed separately for each study and then combined for meta-analysis and meta-regression analysis. Results: BAIs lowered the risk of driving after four+/five+ drinks (19% difference in the odds of driving after drinking favoring BAIs vs. control), but not the risk of driving after two+/three+ drinks (9% difference). Subsequent subgroup analysis indicated that MI + PF intervention was comparatively better than stand-alone PF or GMI. Conclusions: BAIs provide a harm reduction approach to college drinking. Hence, it is encouraging that BAIs reduce the risk of driving after heavy drinking among college students. However, there may be opportunities to enhance the intervention content and timing to be more relevant for driving after drinking and improve the outcome assessment and reporting to demonstrate its effect.



University of Washington, University of North Texas Health Science Center


Alcohol, Meta-Analysis, College Student, Behavioral Intervention