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Alcohol & Marijuana Assessment and Education

BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) is a two-session alcohol assessment and education program for UW-Eau Claire students. Some students are assigned to attend BASICS to fulfill a requirement as a result of an alcohol-related offense, while others participate because they would like to learn strategies to reduce negative consequences they experience due to drinking. BASICS helps students examine their own drinking patterns in a judgment-free environment. During BASICS sessions, students identify individualized goals to reduce the harmful outcomes of drinking.

CASICS (Cannabis Screening and Brief Intervention for College Students) is a nationally recognized marijuana education and prevention program for college students. Following a harm reduction approach, CASICS aims to reduce risky behaviors and harmful consequences of marijuana abuse. The program is designed to assist students to examine his/her own behavior in a judgment-free environment.

What can I expect from BASICS or CASICS?

BASICS/CASICS consists of two sessions, two to four weeks apart, which last between 60-90 minutes each. All sessions are one-on-one between the student and a trained BASICS/CASICS facilitator. Students who are required to complete BASICS/CASICS due to a University violation will receive a deadline for completing both sessions.

  • Session 1 assesses the student's alcohol/marijuana consumption patterns, history and related issues. A homework assignment will be explained.
  • Session 2 provides personalized feedback based on assessments and focuses on ways the student might reduce future health, social, and legal risks.

How can I register for BASICS or CASICS?

Please use the following link to register:

How much does it cost to take BASICS or CASICS?

For those assigned to BASICS/CASICS as a sanction, the total cost for the 2 sessions is $100. Payment is made at the time of the first session. Students who self-refer to BASICS/CASICS will not be charged a fee.

Who should I contact if I have questions about BASICS or CASICS?

For more information about BASICS/CASICS contact the Health Promotion Office by emailing Katie Wilson or by calling 715-836-5112.

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