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University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study says texts can reduce binge drinking

The British Psychological Society recently reported a study that took place at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine which suggests text messages can prevent young people from binge alcohol consumption. 

The study examined 765 young adult emergency patients who had previously screened positive for hazardous drinking habits. Some patients were sent text messages containing questions about their alcohol consumption and then received feedback on their response. Some received only questions about their drinking tendencies and others received no messages at all. 

According to the research, the young adults that received both questioning and feedback were more likely to reduce binge drinking. 

"Alcohol may bring them to the ER, but we can do our part to keep them from becoming repeat visitors," says Dr. Brian Suffoletto, the managing director of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
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