An Extensive Study on Alcohol Monitoring Shows Majority of Participants Find it Effective
A joint study between the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Calhoun Cardiology Center – Behavioral Health and the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University monitored 100 participants enrolled in community-based alcohol treatment. The participants were required to wear a secure continuous remote alcohol monitor (SCRAMx) device and complete a survey regarding their experience.
The study showed that eighty-one percent (81%) of the participants who completed the survey indicated that the bracelet helped the reduce drinking and seventy-five percent (75%) would wear it for longer. The study supports findings by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that continuous alcohol monitoring is effective for reducing alcohol consumption.
Participants in the study has a “high rate of adherence.” Monitoring took place over a 12-week period. “Side effects and consequences of wearing the bracelet were generally minimal.” The results from the study support the use of SCRAMx technology in alcohol use disorder research and treatment.
Continuous alcohol monitoring has helped courts across the country reduce drunk driving recidivism by requiring 24-hour monitoring and immediate sanctions for non-compliance. This method has been found to be extremely effective in deterring drinking and reducing the number of people arrested for repeat drunk driving offenses.