The Alcohol Change Course

The Alcohol Change Course is a research project conducted at the University of Regina that aims to provide good education and guidance for people who want to make changes to their drinking habits. The course is completely free of charge. Very broadly, the course helps people to manage thoughts, behaviours and physical symptoms related to their alcohol use. Research shows that these skills can help people gain control over their drinking, improve their confidence, and get back to living a full, satisfying life.



Why was the Alcohol Change Course developed?

The Alcohol Change Course was originally developed in Switzerland by Dr. Michael Schaub and his team at the Swiss Research Institute of Public Health and Addiction. It was then translated into English by a group of researchers led by Dr. Matthew Keough at the University of Manitoba. The Course has since been adapted for use by the Online Therapy Unit. Many people who have alcohol problems never seek treatment, but do have access to the Internet. This Course was designed in response to the widespread need for access to alcohol treatment.

How effective is the Alcohol Change Course?

There are several studies indicating that online cognitive behavior therapy for alcohol problems has an effect on alcohol consumption. The Online Therapy Unit is now conducting additional research on the course.

What is involved in the Alcohol Change Course?

The Alcohol Change Course is made up of 12 easy to understand lessons and takes 8 weeks to complete. Lessons consist of educational materials that are accessed online. Clients are encouraged to work on various activities during the week; this often takes several hours. Throughout the course, clients receive automated emails with important reminders and prompts.

What research is being done on this course?

We are always conducting research in order to continually improve Online Therapy. When you sign up for Online Therapy, you will be provided with details of research we are conducting, such as research into the long term benefits of Online Therapy.

How will my progress on the course be monitored?

All clients in this course will complete brief questionnaires before they begin, on a weekly basis throughout, after the course is completed, and then 3 months, 6 months and 12 months after end of treatment. These questionnaires help us assess how you are doing. These questionnaires do not take very long but provide us with important information on your progress and the outcomes of Online Therapy.

Who can take part in the course?

The course is designed for those who have alcohol problems, are 18 years of age or older, are comfortable using and have access to the Internet. The course is not recommended if you have severe problems with drugs, mania, psychosis, or strong thoughts of suicide. If any of the above would indicate that Online Therapy is not suited to your needs, please refer to the resource page and speak with your family doctor about other service options. Please note this course is currently available to residents of  Canada only. 

Who can answer my questions about the course?

If you have any questions about the course, please feel free to contact us.