Online Alcohol Classes Are Effective, Part III

by: Mike Miller

As this headline suggests, this is the third in a series of blogs addressing the effectiveness of online alcohol classes. With a growing number of people involved in alcohol-related incidents, all with busy lives, online alcohol classes are becoming one of the remediation therapies mandated by the courts for an alcohol-related offense.

One of my most recent students, Jamie, likes to learn at the computer because she can work at her own pace, which is usually faster than her classmates. Her best friend, Kellie, also taking the online class likes the online version because there is no competing for the instructor’s attention she can re-read the material with her questions. As reported in

As interest in online education rages, the question as to the effectiveness of online alcohol classes work is slowly coming to light.

Evidence is mixed about how well online courses teach core subjects such as science, math or reading, with a recent large-scale Columbia study showing disadvantages to online learning for community college students.

But new research shows that, in certain topics, computer-based instruction is not only just as effective as the old-fashioned, in-person kind. It’s more effective.

These topics include sex, drugs and health — subjects in which privacy, personal comfort and customized information are especially important, and embarrassment or cultural taboos can get in the way of classroom teaching. An online alcohol class is the way to go.