BASICS: Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students

What is BASICS at Amherst?

BASICS is a nationally renowned program designed specifially for college students to help them explore, in a non-judgemental environment, their decisions around drinking to minimize its harmful effects in their life. BASICS has a "harm reduction" philosophy with the purpose of reducing harm rather than telling students not to drink.

The Amherst BASICS Structure:

BASICS at Amherst consists of two confidential, one-to-one sessions with a trained professional staff member. The two sessions occur approximately 10 days apart.

SESSION I: An initial 30 minute session assessing the student's alcohol consumption patterns, history, and related issues.

SESSION II: A follow-up 60 minute session providing personalized feedback based on screenings and discussion of ways the student might reduce future health, social, and legal risks.

BASICS Referrals:

If you have been referred to the BASICS program, you will be provided with a link to schedule your two BASICS appointments.