Richard Muench

Study: Texting can deter alcohol abuse

By GREGORY ZELLER // A first-of-its-kind study conducted by the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has found that text messaging can be an effective alcohol-abuse deterrent. Feinstein Institute researchers led by Frederick Muench, director of Northwell Health’s Digital Health Interventions in Psychiatry unit, conducted a 12-week controlled pilot study of 152 participants interested in curtailing their drinking problems. The results, in a nutshell: Drinkers who received “adaptive-tailored texts” were able to reduce their drinking at…