Using social media to target and prevent binge drinking in Hispanic young adults

bingedrinkingSchool of Social Work professor and FIU-BRIDGE director Eric Wagner, and doctoral student Sofia B. Fernandez will present the findings of their research project titled “Social Media-Based Prevention for Reducing Alcohol Use Problems among Emerging Adults,” during the Research Society on Alcoholism 2016 meeting on Sunday, June 26 at 5:40 p.m. within the “Interventions for Alcohol Misuse In the 21st Century: Approaches for Diverse Settings and Populations” symposium in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Eric Wagner, professor of social work and director of the FIU-Banyan Research Institute for Dissemination, Grants and Evaluation (FIU BRIDGE)

Eric F. Wagner, Ph.D.

Their findings have gotten press coverage from several outlets such as Newswise and News-Medical.net, which reported on Wagner’s and Fernandez’ efforts to curb binge drinking among Hispanic and Latino young adults.

On the efforts of the project Fernandez stated:

“The use and importance of social media for communication and information sharing among ethnic-minority emerging adults [quickly] became evident, findings and considerations from our target population were directly translated into project strategies, including the use of social-networking sites for disseminating health- promotion and disease-prevention content in a nonthreatening, educational, and empowering manner.”

Read more at Newswise and News-Medical.net.

Author: William-Jose Velez

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