Piloting an injury awareness and education program for reducing alcohol-related harm in Navy Trainees

Jason Watterson, Belinda Gabbe, Paul Dietze, Jennifer Thompson, Michael Oborn, Jeffrey V. Rosenfeld

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Objectives: Alcohol consumption and associated risk-taking behaviors, are known issues among trainees in the Australian Defence Force. We evaluated the impact and feasibility of a 1 day injury awareness program designed to reduce alcohol-related risk-taking behavior and associated harms in young naval trainees in this pilot study. Method: One hundred eight naval trainees participated in the 1 day Prevent Alcohol and Risk related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y.) program at a hospital in Melbourne, Australia between November 2011 and March 2013. Participants completed pre- and postprogram questionnaires, on the day of the program, that included questions on perceptions of the program and their own risk-taking behavior. Alcohol-related incidents reported on their military record were collected at 12 months postprogram. Pre- and postprogram questionnaire responses were compared using descriptive statistics. Survival analysis was used to assess the association between pre-program alcohol-related incidents and the rate of reporting of alcohol-related incidents in the 12 months after the program. Results: Fifty of the 108 (46%) participants were reported for ≥1 alcohol-related incident prior to study participation. Fifteen (14%) were reported for an alcohol-related incident within 12 months of completing the program. Participants perceived the program positively with 92% reporting that the program would definitely influence their behavior after program completion compared to 82% suggesting so before. The rate of reported alcohol-related incidents following the program was higher for participants who had a preprogram incident on record than those who did not. Conclusion: Our findings suggest that PARTY participation was associated with a change in participants’ perceptions of risk-taking behavior. We found that alcohol-related incidents after attending the P.A.R.T.Y. program occurred more frequently among participants who had prior alcohol-related incidents suggesting the program may have less impact on this group. Further work is required to establish effectiveness of the P.A.R.T.Y. program in the military setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-78
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Substance Use
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Alcohol
  • awareness
  • ethanol
  • military personnel
  • risk-taking

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