Effectiveness of the Brief Alcohol and Screening Intervention for College Students (BASICS) program with a mandated population

J Am Coll Health. 2012;60(4):269-80. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2011.599352.


Objective: This study evaluated the effectiveness of a large-scale intervention designed to reduce alcohol abuse among adjudicated college students.

Participants: Participants were college students mandated to attend a Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) program and a randomly selected comparison group of high-risk drinkers.

Methods: Data were collected from January 2006 through December 2008. A total of 1,390 (67%) students in the intervention group and 508 (61%) students in the comparison group completed baseline and 6-month follow-up surveys.

Results: Male students in the intervention group significantly decreased their drinking at follow-up, whereas those in the comparison group increased their drinking. Women in both the intervention and comparison groups decreased their drinking at 6 months.

Conclusions: When implemented with fidelity, BASICS is a generally effective intervention, especially for male adjudicated college students. The intervention was most effective for moderate- and high-risk drinkers.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Alcohol Drinking / therapy*
  • Alcoholism / prevention & control*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mass Screening
  • Program Evaluation
  • Students / statistics & numerical data*
  • Universities / statistics & numerical data
  • Young Adult