Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS)

Blueprints approved

Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) is a prevention programme for university students who drink alcohol heavily and have experienced or are at risk of developing alcohol-related problems. BASICS aims to motivate students to reduce alcohol use in order to decrease the negative consequences of drinking. It is delivered over the course of two 1-hour interviews.

Target group University students aged 18-24
Focus of intervention
  • Individual and peer
  • Family
Level of intervention
  • Indicated prevention
Outcomes affected
  • Not using substances
Impact of intervention

Alcohol abuse or dependence: -0.26*

*statistically significant at p<0.05

Figure(s) taken from this report.

Risk & protective factors targeted

Cost-benefit analysis

Source of benefits

Contact information

George A. Parks, Ph.D.
Caring Communication
5222 150th Place
SW Edmonds, WA 98026


Local authorities running the intervention in the UK
  • None known at present

Please contact us if you are running this intervention in the UK.