Study: Young Adults Well Served by ‘Text Message Medicine’

Study Young Adults Well Served by 'Text Message Medicine'With each passing year, mobile solutions and resources designed to treat a wide array of conditions and ailments common to young adults gain more widespread adoption. In particular, text messages are seeing the most promising results of all solutions or tactics.

According to the findings of a new study published in Annals of Emergency Medicine, young adults who screened positive for a history of hazardous or binge drinking reduced their binge drinking by more than 50 percent after receiving mobile phone text messages following a visit to the emergency department.

The complete study results are available for review online now.

“Each day in the U.S., more than 50,000 adults ages 18 to 24 visit ERs and up to half have hazardous alcohol use patterns,” said Dr. Brian Suffoletto of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

“More than a third of them report alcohol abuse or dependence,” adds Dr. Suffoletto. “The emergency department provides a unique setting to screen young adults for drinking problems and to engage with them via their preferred mode of communication to reduce future use.”

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