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ERIC Number: ED532223
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Screening and Brief Interventions: Research Update. Prevention Update
Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention
Developed in 1993 at the University of Washington, Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) is a preventive intervention program to reduce drinking and enhance awareness about alcohol-related issues. BASICS targets college students who are considered at risk because of heavy drinking behaviors. The brief intervention relies primarily on a motivational interview to provide students with the skills, knowledge, and insight into the consequences of drinking. As originally designed, the student meets with a counselor for two 45-minute sessions, usually a week apart. The first session is feedback and the interview style is acceptance-based and nonjudgmental. The goal is to help students examine their drinking objectively and provide them with feedback and healthy recommendations. This paper presents evidence on the effects of BASICS and similar theory-based interventions for college students. A list of resources is included.
Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention. EDC, Inc. 43 Foundry Avenue, Waltham, MA 02453. Tel: 800-676-1730; Fax: 617-928-1537; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Education Development Center, Inc.; Office of Safe and Healthy Students (ED)
Authoring Institution: Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention (ED)