A Web Application to Reduce Heavy Drinking in First-time DWI Offenders


The overall objective of this project is to develop, evaluate, and disseminate a web application for first-time DWI offenders that will provide them with an age-appropriate brief motivational intervention (BMI) to motivate them to reduce their drinking and a cognitive behavioral intervention (CBI) for to help them achieve and maintain abstinence. The goal is to reduce heavy drinking and consequently the risk for future drunk driving. The specific objectives of this Phase II are: – Completing the development of the Right Turns prototype based on feedback from the Phase I pilot study participants. This includes: providing more structure and guidance as participants work in the Tool Box section of the program; simplifying the content of the Tool Box; further R&D in the text messaging feature for 2nd and 3rd tier cellular providers; implement a customized pdf report function for progress reports from the program to users' probation officers (under control of the user); developing a follow-up component and outcome reports; and revising the videos in the Tool Box to reflect greater diversity and a younger population of drinkers. – Conducting a randomized clinical trial of the program with first time DWI/DUI offenders who are recruited locally, collecting follow-up data, analyzing the data, and reporting the results.

Study Type

  • Study Type: Interventional
  • Study Design
    • Allocation: Randomized
    • Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
    • Primary Purpose: Treatment
    • Masking: None (Open Label)
  • Study Primary Completion Date: August 2016


  • Behavioral: Right Turns web application
  • Behavioral: Treatment as usual

Arms, Groups and Cohorts

  • Experimental: Right Turns web application
    • Right Turns web application
  • Active Comparator: Treatment as usual
    • Treatment as usual

Clinical Trial Outcome Measures

Primary Measures

  • Quantity/frequency of alcohol use: Form 90
    • Time Frame: 3 months
    • Quantity/frequency of drinking in previous 3 months
  • Inventory of Drug Use Consequences (InDuC)
    • Time Frame: 3 months
    • Quantity/frequency of alcohol and drug related problems in the previous 3 months

Secondary Measures

  • Self-efficacy
    • Time Frame: at enrollment
    • The Alcohol Abstinence Self-Efficacy scale measures one’s confidence in remaining abstinent in various situations.

Participating in This Clinical Trial

Inclusion Criteria

  • be a first-time DWI offender – have a 5th grade reading level – has a computer with Internet access at home – own a cell phone with text messaging Exclusion Criteria:

  • age less than 18 – recent history of uncontrolled psychotic or bipolar behavior – evidence of significant cognitive impairment from brain dysfunction (e.g., head injury)

Gender Eligibility: All

Minimum Age: 18 Years

Maximum Age: N/A

Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted: No

Investigator Details

  • Lead Sponsor
    • Behavior Therapy Associates, LLP
  • Provider of Information About this Clinical Study
    • Sponsor
  • Overall Official(s)
    • Reid K Hester, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, Behavior Therapy Associates, LLC

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