Post emergency visit text advice moderates drinking

Suffoletto B., Callaway C., Kristan J. et al. ‘Text-message-based drinking assessments and brief interventions for young adults discharged from the emergency department’. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research: 2012, 36(3), p. 552–560.

For the first time this US study tried mobile phone text messaging as a way to moderate the hazardous drinking of young adults screened at emergency departments. Compared to merely monitoring, text-based advice did cut drinking – but why did the monitoring-only patients actually start to drink more?