Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for Colleges Students (BASICS) is a preventive alcohol abuse intervention program for college students 18 to 24 years old. It is aimed at students who drink alcohol heavily and have either experienced or are at risk for alcohol-related problems such as poor class attendance, missed assignments, accidents, sexual assault, and violence.

Following a harm reduction approach, BASICS aims to motivate students to reduce alcohol use and to make better alcohol-related decisions.  Based on principles of motivational interviewing, BASICS is delivered in an empathetic, non-confrontational, and nonjudgmental manner, and it:

  • Reduces the adverse effects of alcohol consumption
  • Promotes reduced drinking
  • Promotes healthier choices among young adults
  • Provides important information and coping skills for risk reduction.

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