School-based multiple risk behaviour interventions to prevent alcohol use

Summary of the evidence

  • Beneficial

A recent systematic review (MacArthur et al 2018) of 70 RCTs addressing two or more risk behaviours (with a follow-up period of at least six months) and targetting children up to 18 years of age, found that:

  • universal school-based multiple risk behaviour  interventions were beneficial in preventing alcohol use (OR 0.72, 95% CI 0.56 to 0.92; n=8 studies; 8751 participants; bothmoderate-quality evidence) at up to 12 months' follow-up


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