Virtual Research Study Seeks People Trying to Change Their Drinking

Research Center: St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
Location: Hamilton, ON and Guelph, ON, Canada
Lead Researcher: Dr. James MacKillop, PhD
Ethics Board Committee: This study has been reviewed and approved by Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board (HIREB)


Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a major public health problem in Canada and around the world. It has major effects on health and wellbeing, as well as significant economic consequences. The current approaches used to potentially help people with alcohol use disorder include specific professional treatment services as well as other support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous. 

Researchers are interested to learn more about how people change their drinking. This virtual study aims to understand changes in drinking over time. 

Interested participants must be between 21 to 65 years old. Participants must comply with all the necessary study requirements for over 1 year. Eligible participants will be compensated. 

Why Participate? 

  • Your participation may help others who are struggling with alcohol use disorder.
  • You may contribute valuable information that would help researchers improve current AUD treatment approaches.
  • You will be compensated up to $365 for participating in this study.
  • You will be helping to advance research on how people change their drinking. 

Your Rights

  • If you decide to participate in the study and later feel that you no longer wish to be part of it, you may withdraw at any time.
  • Your records relating to this study and any other information received will be kept strictly confidential, except as required by law.
  • Qualified health professionals will monitor your health as it relates to the study.

Who Can Participate?

  • Men and women between the age of 21 to 65 years old who are attempting to change their alcohol use. 
  • Must be either recently enrolled in an addiction treatment program or personally began a new recovery attempt to change their drinking within the past 90 days 
  • Able to attend 6 study visits for over approximately 1 year.
    • These study visits will be virtual meaning it may be done through online means (phone call, video call, etc.)

Please note:
Due to the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, the study team would like to note that the assessments will be virtual to maintain safety during COVID-19, but participants may be asked to attend assessments in-person in Hamilton, ON or Guelph, ON.

What Next?

  1. Click the link below to enter your contact details and answer some eligibility questions.
  2. The research centre will then contact you by phone to discuss the trial and answer your questions.
Click Here to Check Your Eligibility