Adolescent Behaviors & Lifestyle Behaviors (Alcohol) was a 5-year study funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA; R01AA013825-02). ABLE provided school-based individual substance abuse assessment and intervention to minority adolescents across high schools in Miami-Dade County. The aim of the study was to examine the efficacy of school-based motivational interviewing for reducing alcohol use and alcohol-related negative consequences among Hispanic adolescents. Approximately 540 students participated in the study, and their post-intervention substance use trajectories were tracked for 9 months. The results of ABLE indicated that the majority of participants in the treatment condition decreased alcohol use and dependence.


Principal Investigators: Eric Wagner, Ph.D.

Co-Investigators: Andres Gil, Ph.D., Jonathan Tubman, Ph.D., & Staci Leon Morris, Psy.D.


  • Acosta, S.L., Hospital, M.M., Graziano, J.N., Morris, S.L., & Wagner, E.F. (2015). Pathways to drinking among Hispanic/Latino adolescents: Perceived discrimination, ethnic identity, and peer affiliations. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 14(3), 270-286. doi:10.1080/15332640.2014.993787

  • Hospital, M.M., Graziano, J.N., Morris, S.L. & Wagner, E.F. (2012). Examining the effectiveness of a school-based motivational interviewing alcohol intervention with minority adolescents. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. Supplement: 36.