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Combined Treatment for Tobacco and Alcohol Use

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Trial Information

Combined Treatment for Tobacco and Alcohol Use

Study Participation If you agree to take part in this study, you will come to M. D. Anderson
and use a computer to complete a series of questionnaires. You will be asked questions
about your living situation, mood, depression, anxiety, appetite, smoking and alcohol use
habits, social status, finances, job, physical activity, and support from family and/or
friends. These questionnaires may take a total of about 1 hour to complete.

After completing the questionnaires, you will be randomly assigned (as in the toss of a
coin) to one of two groups. One group will receive counseling (called motivational relapse
prevention counseling), which will focus on smoking cessation. The other group will also
receive counseling (called motivational relapse prevention plus alcohol risk reduction
counseling), which will focus on smoking cessation as well but will also include discussion
about at-risk alcohol use. Both groups will receive reading materials related to smoking
cessation. The motivational relapse prevention plus alcohol risk reduction group will also
receive reading materials related to alcohol use.

You will receive a total of 6 counseling calls during this study. Your first counseling
call will be to set up your quit date. You will then have 5 additional counseling calls
within the 12 weeks after your enrollment in the study. The timing of these calls will be
determined between you and your counselor. Depending on which group you are in, you will be
counseled on strategies for quitting smoking and/or decreasing alcohol use to help decrease
your risk of cancer. These calls will take about 20 to 30 minutes each to complete. You
will be asked to provide contact information for friends and/or relatives. The research
staff will contact them only if you are unable to be contacted after multiple attempts.

Final Visit At Week 12, you will be requested to return to M. D. Anderson to complete the
last computerized series of questionnaires.

Your counseling calls will be tape recorded so researchers can make sure that correct
procedures are being followed. Only the study staff will be allowed to listen to these
tapes. Your identity will be kept secure and confidential. These tapes will be erased when
this study has ended.

Study Length Your participation in this study will be over after the evaluation visit at
Week 12.

Inclusion Criteria:

- Current daily smoker who averages 5 or more cigarettes/day.

- Exhibit at least one of the following criteria for at-risk drinking: a) an average of
> or equal to 2 alcoholic beverages/day during the past 30 days for men or > or equal
to 1 drink/day for women, OR b) two or more occasions of consuming > or equal to 5
alcoholic beverages during the past 30 days for men or > or equal to 4 drinks for
women, OR c) driving after consuming > or equal to 3 drinks in the past 30 days,

- Age 18 or above

- Motivated to quit smoking in the next 30 days

- Viable (working) telephone number and home address

- No other household member enrolled in this protocol

- Score equal to or less than 15 on the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test
(AUDIT) measure.

- Must be able to speak English.

Exclusion Criteria:

- None

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Prevention

Outcome Measure:

Overall At-risk Drinking Status

Outcome Time Frame:

Baseline and Week 12

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

David Wetter, PHD, MS, BA

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center


United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:




Start Date:

December 2007

Completion Date:

November 2008

Related Keywords:

  • Smoking Cessation
  • Tobacco Use
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol Use
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Alcohol Drinking
  • Smoking



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