Project TAMMI is a research study that tests whether different types of text messages and assessments are helpful to people who want to cut down on their drinking. These text messages are based on studies that have been shown to help people reduce their drinking in the short-term, but we are examining the effects over time. Individuals who enroll will be randomly assigned to one of three groups which vary in the amount and type of messages.
This project is being conducted through the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research at Northwell Health, and is sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).
Ideal study participants include those who are currently drinking more than they would like and want to cut down or moderate their drinking, but not quit altogether at this time.
If you decide to be a participant in the project and are eligible, you would:
If you are eligible to participate, you will complete a brief online baseline assessment, receive text messages for 6 months that are designed to help you moderate your drinking, and complete brief online assessments at the following time points: 1, 3, 6, 12, and 18 months.
Those who take part in this project have the opportunity to try out a new program that may help them reduce their drinking, but are also contributing to science by helping us to build the best possible interventions.
We thank you for your time and interest.
If you are interested in participating, please complete the confidential questionnaire to see if you are eligible for an initial screening call with a research staff member.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), problem or risky drinking is defined as:
The Institute of Medicine reports that problem drinkers are those with mild-to-moderate problem severity who do not have physical dependence. Many people who do not need or want formal treatment can successfully cut down on their drinking with remote support.
Text messaging or short message service (SMS) is the most widely available mode of mobile communication and despite its simplicity, has been proven to be a reliable and effective method to induce behavior change across behavioral health targets, including problem drinkers. However, there is little empirical evidence to validate SMS intervention in relation to heavy drinkers.
That’s where Project TAMMI comes in!
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (PDFK) is a nonprofit organization that provides support and guidance to families struggling with substance abuse. PDFK empowers families with information and guidance to get the help their loved one needs and deserves. Also, PDFK advocates for greater understanding and more effective programs to treat the disease of addiction.
The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research is the research arm of Northwell Health, the largest healthcare provider in New York State. Home to 50 research laboratories and clinical research throughout dozens of hospitals and outpatient facilities, the 2,000 researchers and staff of the Feinstein Institute are making breakthroughs in molecular medicine, genetics, oncology, brain research, mental health, autoimmunity, and bioelectronic medicine—a new field of science that has the potential to revolutionize medicine.