Brief screening and intervention for alcohol and drug use in a college student health clinic: Feasibility, implementation, and outcomes

Hortensia Amaro, Elizabeth Reed, Erin Rowe, Jennifer Picci, Philomena Mantella, Guillermo Prado

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Objective: Evaluation of the Brief Alcohol Screen and Intervention in College Students (BASICS) in a university primary care setting. Participants/Methods: Undergraduates (N = 449) participated in BASICS and electronic surveys assessing frequency/quantity of alcohol and drug use, psychosocial and mental health outcomes, and demographic information. Data were collected at baseline and 6-month follow-up between August 2006 and August 2008. Results: Drinking and drug use decreased between baseline and 6 months. Participants reported an increase in protective factors and in readiness to change alcohol-related behaviors, and a decrease in alcohol-related consequences and in distress symptoms. Heavy episodic drinking at baseline significantly moderated the changes in number of drinks in a typical week and in a typical weekend, and number of drinks on the occasion drank most on a weekend. Conclusions: BASICS can be implemented in a primary health care setting and university students may reduce their alcohol and/or drug use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)357-364
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of American College Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010



  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Brief screening and intervention
  • College students
  • Prevention
  • Primary care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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