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What Do You Say Before You Relapse? How Language Use in a Peer-to-peer Online Discussion Forum Predicts Risky Drinking among Those in Recovery

Increasingly, seeking and providing support for relapse-prevention occurs in online environments and through mobile technologies. Communication in these environments may not only have an impact on relapse prevention through increasing mutual support but, as this paper demonstrates, it could also have secondary relapse-prevention benefit through capturing natural language-use data from which to predict and respond to individuals’ risk level.