Iudicium: An educational intervention for addressing risk perception of alcohol abuse in adolescents

Héctor Bajac, Albert Feliu-Soler, Diana Meerhoff, Laura Latorre, Matilde Elices

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© 2016, Edita Socidrogalcohol. All rights reserved. Negative consequences of alcohol abuse during adolescence have been extensively described. Consequently, different interventions have been developed to address this issue. This article describes the implementation and evaluation of Iudicium, an educational drama-based intervention designed to increase risk perception of alcohol abuse. In this activity, high school students judge a case in which alcohol consumption had negative consequences (e.g., fights, unwanted pregnancy, and car accident). A trial is simulated and after that, a debriefing takes place during which the activity is discussed and informational materials on the effects of alcohol is provided and commented. A total of 318 students (55.7% females and 44.3% males) from five high schools participated in the study. Data regarding risk perception of alcohol abuse and adequacy of the activity was collected before and after the intervention. Results suggest that Iudicium was effective in increasing risk perception of abusive drinking, reaching a 34% of increase regarding risk perception. Participants highlighted the experiential component of Iudicium as a strength. The intervention was well-accepted, easy to understand and apparently an effective tool for increasing risk perception of alcohol abuse amongst high school students.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-47
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Adolescents
  • Alcohol use
  • Educational intervention
  • Risk perception


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