Below is a summary of what is involved in each of the two programs included in this study:
The Inroads Program:
The Inroads program is an online, self-guided program comprised of 5 online modules. Over 5 weeks, the Inroads program will provide you with the skills to cope with anxiety and life stressors and set limits around drinking. The program is based on an effective face-to-face treatment program for adults with significant anxiety and drinking concerns (e.g., Stapinski et al, 2021). Within the modules, there is a mix of information for you to read through as well as open-text fields for you to set goals and reflect on your anxiety and drinking. A new module will be made available each week, which provides time for you to practice the relevant skills between the modules. Each module will build on skills from the previous week, and we find that people who complete all 5 modules get the most benefit from the program.
In addition to the online modules, you will also receive a weekly feedback email from your support person, which summarises the module content for that week, your anxiety and alcohol goals, and your progress to-date. You will also receive two friendly calls from a support team member during weeks 1 and 4.
The alcohol feedback program:
The alcohol feedback program is an evidence-based program based on existing brief alcohol feedback interventions, with evidence of efficacy among youth samples (e.g. Kypri et al, 2014). The program will provide you with personalised feedback about your current drinking, risks relating to alcohol use, and guidelines for safe levels of drinking. It also provides information about how your drinking compares to other people your age. The content of the alcohol feedback program will be shown on-screen and a copy will be sent via email. As part of this program, you will also be provided with links to national telephone helplines and websites should you require additional or urgent support in the future.