Brief ROC Training Effects on Alcohol Drinking

  • End date
    Dec 31, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Yale University
Updated on 4 February 2022
heavy drinking
Accepts healthy volunteers


The goal of the proposed study is to examine whether a single session of training in regulation of craving (ROC-T) affects alcohol drinking. The study will consist of (1) a basic screening (phone and/or online) and an in-person visit, to determine eligibility and conduct pre-intervention baseline assessments; (2) a training (ROC-T) visit, (3) a post-intervention assessment visit, and (4) 1-2 phone/online follow-up assessments.

The study will take up to 10 hours of the participants' time.


The investigators propose to test the efficacy of such training by randomizing 120 individuals who report alcohol drinking to the following conditions: (1) a brief training in cognitive regulation and (2) a control or no-training condition. Training will be delivered in a computerized session (approximately 60 minutes). If randomized into the cognitive regulation training, subjects will be trained to use a cognitive strategy while viewing images of alcoholic drinks. The strategy would be to follow instructions to think about the adverse outcomes associated with continued alcohol drinking. If randomized into the control condition, participants will only view non-alcohol-related images with no use of strategy. After all the training sessions are completed, participants will complete several follow-ups. The investigators will evaluate the effects of training on alcohol drinking pre- and post-training.

Condition Binge Drinking, Heavy Drinking, Young Adult, Heavy Drinker, Alcohol Drinking, Alcohol Drinking in College, Drinking Behavior, Drunkenness, Drinking Excessive, Drinking Problem, Drink Too Much, College Drinking
Treatment Regulation of craving, Control (NO REGULATION)
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03928626
SponsorYale University
Last Modified on4 February 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Adults ages 18-25
Capability of performing the experimental tasks (e.g., can read, able to use computers)
Native or fluent speaker of English
Provides informed consent
Normal or corrected-to-normal vision
Willing to commit to the full length of the protocol
Heavy drinking or binge-drinking
Exclusion Criteria
Present DSM disorders, apart from alcohol use disorders
Reports of neurological or systemic disorders that can cause cognitive impairment
Minor cognitive impairment evidenced by an inability to correctly understand study information
Reports entirely no interest in reducing the amount of drinking (Alcohol Contemplation Ladder score of 9 or 10)
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