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What is BASICS?

BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) is a program offered by the Wellness Center and is appropriate for any SCU student who has had unwanted consequences from alcohol and/or other drug use.

  • BASICS offers a structured opportunity to assess one’s own risk, identify potential changes that could work, and reduce the risk of developing future problems.
  • Some students attend BASICS to fulfill a judicial sanction as a result of an alcohol-related offense, while others come because they have concerns about their alcohol use. The program is designed to assist students with examining their own behavior in a respectful and judgment-free environment
  • While BASICS primarily explores alcohol use, and when relevant, marijuana use. It touches on other drug use as well, but it’s primary focus is alcohol and marijuana use.
  • BASICS is primarily an alcohol assessment. It is not necessarily administered by a licensed counselor or substance abuse professional, so if students require a definite diagnosis, treatment, or more intensive care, we refer them to Counseling and Psychological Services at SCU or off-campus resources.

How do I know if I have a problem?

  • Alcohol use exists on a continuum from No/Low Risk to Severe/High Risk. The potential negative consequences of alcohol use also exist on a continuum with the most negative consequences occurring as you move toward alcohol dependence.



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