Alcohol & Drug Awareness

We understand that as a student you appreciate USC’s rigorous academics as well as enjoy itAlcohol Awarenesss vibrant social life. Our resources are here to help you effectively balance these two worlds. 45% of freshman identify as doing poorly in school the first week of classes. Be Well USC is here to change that. On this page you will find information on drugs and alcohol and how to prevent them from interfering with your academic success.

Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS)

BASICS is offered to all USC students who are concerned with or want to learn more about their alcohol use in a confidential and judgment-free environment. To make an appointment, call The Office for Wellness and Health Promotion (OWHP) at (213) 740-4777.

Reasons to Participate

BASICS is appropriate for anyone who drinks alcohol. It is not an abstinence only program, but instead provides a structured opportunity for students to compare personal alcohol use with alcohol use norms and reflect on individual negative consequences. The student creates goals aimed to reduce risky behaviors and harmful consequences.

What Students Can Expect

BASICS consists of two 60-minute long sessions. All sessions are one-on-one between a student and an OWHP Health Promotion Specialist. BASICS sessions are confidential and free of charge.

In Session I, the student meets with a Health Promotion Specialist and completes an assessment questionnaire. During Session II, the student receives a feedback profile about his/her personal use and how it compares to other students at USC. The Health Promotion Specialist works with the student to assess his/her own risk, identify potential changes, and stop future problems from developing.

The Fine Print

BASICS is based on research conducted at the University of Washington and Western Washington University. The National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Task Force ranked BASICS in Tier 1 for effectiveness among college students. Additionally, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has recognized BASICS as an evidence-based indicated prevention strategy.

DEC- Drug Education Consultation

DEC is offered to all USC students who are worried about their use of drugs other than alcohol. To make an appointment, call OWHP at (213) 740-4777.

Reasons to Participate

DEC is appropriate for anyone who uses any drugs other than alcohol. DEC is based in Brief Motivational Interviewing, focusing on risk reduction and wellness enhancement. It provides a structured opportunity for students to compare personal use with what is normal and reflect on the consequences of drug use. The student creates personal goals to reduce risky behavior and prevent future consequences.

What Students Can Expect

DEC requires two visits to the Office for Wellness and Health Promotion. The first visit can be on a walk-in basis during regular office hours. It requires approximately twenty minutes and the completion of an assessment form. During the second visit, the student will meet one-on-one with a Health Promotion Specialist to assess their own risk and identify potential changes.