Mentoring for preventing alcohol use in young people — evidence summary

Summary of the evidence

Rating:
Beneficial

Mentoring (intended as a supportive relationship in which one person offers support, guidance and concrete assistance to a partner) is based on the sharing of experience and expertise without expectation of personal gain by the mentor - Center for Substance Abuse Prevention 2000) was found in a systematic review (Thomas et al., 2011) more effective than no interventions in:

  • preventing alcohol use (3 RCTs) (RR 0.71, 95% CI  0.57 to 0.90, p = 0.005).

Details

Note: this evidence summary is only valid for the outcomes, target groups, settings and substances/patterns of use described below.

Name of response option:
Mentoring
Desired outcome(s):
reduce substance use
Area(s)
Prevention
Specific substance or pattern of use:
alcohol
Target group(s) or setting(s):
communities
young people