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What is BASICS?

BASICS stands for Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students. This program is offered for all UWL students who may want to explore their alcohol and drug use, and the goal of the program is to reduce risky behaviors and harmful consequences of alcohol misuse. BASICS is include in SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

BASICS IS NOT A "Just Say No" or abstinence-only program. The BASICS facilitator will provide objective feedback based on an interview and questionnaires filled out by the student, in order to encourage positive changes in behavior. Essentially, BASICS will provide information and guidance, but what a student chooses to do with it is entirely up to them.

Who can use BASICS?

Some students attend BASICS to fulfill a UWL sanction as a result of an alcohol-related conduct decision, while others come because they have concerns about their alcohol or marijuana use. BASICS is appropriate for anyone who uses alcohol in a high-risk manner, especially if you are concerned about your alcohol use and how it compares to other students.

The BASICS sessions are entirely confidential, and we will not disclose any information from the sessions to anyone without the student's permission. We will not provide certification to the court system of BASICS completion. We will not release any assessment results or personal information shared during the BASICS appointment.

What do the programs include?

All BASICS sessions are b with a facilitator and the student. It takes two sessions, typically two weeks apart, to complete the BASICS program.

  • Session I takes approximately 60 minutes. During this session, students meet their facilitator, are oriented to the program, answer interview questions, and complete an online questionnaire.
  • Session II also takes approximately 60 minutes. Students receive a personalized feedback profile that is based on the information obtained from interviews and questionnaires completed during the first session. Students review the feedback profile with the facilitator and, if appropriate, identify potential changes that could work to help reduce their risk for developing future alcohol-related problems.


The e-CHUG (electronic Check-Up to Go) is an interactive web survey that allows college and university students to enter information about their drinking patterns and receive feedback about their use of alcohol. The assessment takes about 30 minutes to complete, is self-guided, and requires no face-to-face contact time with a counselor or administrator. Take the e-CHUG now!

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