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Brief Alcohol Screening & Intervention for College Students (BASICS)

BASICS is designed to assist students in examining their own drinking behavior in a judgment free environment. BASICS is not an abstinence-only program. Instead, goals of the program are selected by the student and aimed at reducing risky behaviors and potential harmful consequences.

Services provided through BASICS are non-judgmental, non-labeling, and confidential.

BASICS involves an initial meeting with a small group of students, the completion of an online assessment, and a second individual meeting. The group meeting and individual meeting are about two weeks apart. The first session takes approximately 60 minutes. During the initial session, the students discuss an overview of the program and issues related to their drinking. The student is expected to complete an online assessment as part of the initial session as well. The second session provides the student with personalized feedback based on the assessment and focuses on ways to reduce future risk.

All students at The University of Texas at Austin are welcome to sign-up for BASICS. There is no charge to participate. Students may be sanctioned to take BASICS or they may choose to participate on their own accord. Students who sign-up but do not attend or cancel within 2 hours of their scheduled appointment will be charged a $25 no-show fee. The no-show fee applies to both the first and second session. The fee will be billed to the student's "What I Owe" page.

BASICS is administered by trained graduate students through the Health Promotion office in University Health Services.

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