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To promote smart and healthy decisions involving alcohol, we offer workshops and training to help you:

  • Avoid doing something you regret if you drink.
  • Be prepared in an alcohol-related emergency.
  • Learn the real party habits of NU students.
  • Change the drinking culture of your student group.
  • Help a friend who might have a problem.

Learn more about our programs

Questions? Contact Angela Mitchell, Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Coordinator, at 847 491-1370 or angela.mitchell@northwestern.edu.

Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS)

BASICS is designed for college students who drink and are at risk for or have experienced negative consequences as a result of drinking (e.g., injuries, blackouts, fights, physical or sexual assault, poor academic performance, legal problems). The goal of BASICS is to reduce negative consequences of drinking by helping students make better alcohol-use decisions.

BASICS consists of two confidential 50-minute sessions with a trained facilitator. During the first session, the facilitator asks the student questions about his/her drinking pattern, attitudes about alcohol and motivation to change drinking. During the second session, the facilitator provides the student with feedback about his or her personal risk factors, a comparison of the student’s drinking pattern to that of other college students, and a range of options about ways to moderate drinking. Students are not preached at or judged.

To schedule a confidential and free BASICS session, contact HPaW at 847 491-2146 or hpaw@northwestern.edu. For other questions about BASICS, contact Angela Mitchell, Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Coordinator, at 847 491-1370 or angela.mitchell@northwestern.edu.

Alcohol & Other Drug (AOD) Referrals

Health Promotion & Wellness staff are available to provide referrals that connect students with on- and off-campus AOD-related treatment services, support groups, counseling, and/or information. Students who are looking for help or information but are unsure of what is available or most appropriate for them may contact Health Promotion & Wellness at 847-491-2146.

Self-Help Groups

Visit our AA and Self Help Groups page for current information.