Health promotion interventions: young people and alcohol misuse


This systematic review aimed to assess the effectiveness of alcohol misuse prevention programmes for young people and the methodological quality of the evaluations.


The review found that there was a lack of reliable evidence for the effectiveness of alcohol misuse prevention and that no one type of prevention programme can be recommended. The need to carry out well designed scientific evaluations of the effectiveness of current or new prevention efforts which target young people's alcohol misuse is indicated.

Conducted by: David R Foxcroft1, Deborah Lister-Sharp1, Geoff Lowe2

1. Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth; 2. Department of Psychology, University of Hull


Foxcroft DR , Lister-Sharp D, Lowe G. Alcohol misuse prevention for young people: a systematic review reveals methodological concerns and lack of reliable evidence of effectiveness. Addiction. 1997;92(5):531-7

Foxcroft DR , Lister-Sharp DJ, Lowe G. How can we improve our knowledge base: lessons from a systematic review of alcohol misuse prevention programmes for youth. Alcohol Update. 1998;34:7-9

Foxcroft D R, Lister-Sharp DJ, Lowe G. Alcohol prevention for young people: methodological concerns from a systematic review. New Directions in the Study of Alcohol. 1997;22:51-9


Commissioned by the Health Education Authority. The HEA commissioned a series of reviews to identify the effectiveness of interventions aimed at promoting a variety of aspects of health and well being. This review was part of that series and was carried out in collaboration with CRD.