Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College (and Graduate) Students (BASICS) is a service for students who want to explore their alcohol use. It is designed to assist you in examining your own substance use behaviors in a non-judgmental and non-confrontational environment with a health educator in Health Promotion and Wellness. The goal of BASICS is to help you reduce risky behaviors and harmful effects from drinking.

Why participate in BASICS?
BASICS gives you the opportunity to explore your level of risk, compare your alcohol use to other college students, identify possible changes, and help you reduce future risk in developing alcohol-related problems.

Is BASICS right for me?
BASICS is a program that is meant to target college student drinkers and is appropriate for any student who uses alcohol, whether you are concerned about your use or you are just curious and want to learn how your alcohol use compares to others.

Do I need a referral to BASICS?
No. While someone in the campus community may encourage you to attend BASICS, you do not need a referral to participate. Voluntary appointments are welcome.

How much does BASICS cost?
Nothing. BASICS is offered to all UChicago students free of charge.

What can I expect during a BASICS session?
BASICS involves two sixty-minute one-on-one sessions held with our BASICS facilitator. During the first BASICS session, the facilitator will orient you to the BASICS program and gather information about your alcohol consumption patterns. During the second session, you will receive feedback about your use of alcohol and how it compares with the college student population. You will also have the opportunity to discuss risk reduction options.

Please keep in mind that BASICS is not therapy or substance abuse treatment.

How do I schedule a BASICS appointment?
BASICS sessions are by appointment only. Appointments can be scheduled by contacting Elizabeth Webb at mewebb@uchicago.edu or 773.834.0712.

If you are having any difficulties or concerns, consider contacting the professionals at Student Counseling Services. For immediate help or safety concerns, call the UChicago Police at 773.702.8181. 

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