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BASICS, or Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students, is designed for college students who drink/use drugs and are at risk for or have experienced negative consequences as a result of their use (e.g., injuries, blackouts, fights, physical or sexual assault, poor academic performance, legal problems). The goal of BASICS is to reduce negative consequences of substance use by helping students make better substance use decisions.

BASICS consists of two confidential 50-minute sessions with a trained facilitator. During the first session, the facilitator asks the student questions about their drinking pattern, attitudes about alcohol and motivation to change drinking. During the second session, the facilitator provides the student with personalized feedback about their personal risk factors, a comparison of the student’s drinking pattern to that of other college students, and a range of options about ways to moderate drinking. Students are not preached at or judged.

To schedule a confidential and free BASICS session, contact HPaW at 847.491.2146 or

For other questions about BASICS, contact Angela Mitchell, Director of Health Promotion and Wellness, at 847.491.1370 or