BASICS - University of Houston
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By engaging in BASICS, participants will be able to:

  • Reflect and discuss their drinking behavior with a facilitator.
  • Formulate goals to help reduce drinking habits in 1-2 months after the initial sanctioned meeting.

BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) is a nationally recognized and evidence-based program to reduce harmful alcohol use. The program addresses problem drinking, excessive drinking, and binge drinking by utilizing motivational interviewing techniques and enhancing motivation to change. The BASICS program is open to all students but is primarily used as an educational sanction in the conduct process.

As part of BASICS, participants will explore their own alcohol use in a non-judgmental environment, learn how to reduce risky behavior and avoid harmful consequences, identify changes that could help reduce their risk, and learn important information and skills to assist with risk reduction. These conversations are private, and will not be shared outside of the discussion.

If you are sanctioned or interested in this program, the following steps will occur:

  1. Please contact Brittani Clarkson (713-743-5589), Assistant Director of UH Wellness, to notify that you need to take BASICS.
  2. You will be assigned a faculty or staff facilitator who will work with you to determine a time and date to meet.
  3. All meetings will take place in UH Wellness, and will start with an online survey that should take participants up to 30 minutes to complete.
  4. Once completed, the participant will meet with the facilitator to go over their individualized results.
  5. A follow-up meeting will occur one month after the initial meeting. This will be scheduled with your facilitator.