Brief Alcohol Screen and Intervention Assessment (BASICS)

The Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) is an evidence-based intervention that uses principles of motivational interviewing, to assist students in examining their individual drinking and substance use behavior.

The primary goal of the program is to minimize harmful consequences of alcohol and substance use in students who participate in BASICS.

Program Design

BASICS consists of two 1-hour sessions and a brief assessment survey taken by the student after the first session.

The first session gathers information about the student's recent alcohol/drug consumption patterns, personal beliefs about alcohol and other drugs, and history. Students will be provided instructions to complete the assessment survey. Students select their own objectives, focusing on reducing their higher-risk behaviors and limiting the potential harmful consequences of their use.

AIMS, with the support Student Health on Haven, is collaborating with Columbia University Morningside Columbiba Health to make BASICS available online to CUIMC students in the next academic year.

For more information, visit SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices.


If you are interested in taking the online BASICS assessment, please email Stephanie Rozen at Taking the assessment does not commit you to being contacted by a provider. The survey will be anonymous unless you specifically request to be contacted.

Please note the screening tool is not intended to serve as a substitute for a complete substance use evaluation. If you feel that it would be beneficial for you to receive assistance for alcohol or other drug related concerns, please speak with your health care provider.

If you have questions about BASICS or other substance use related issues, please email Stephanie Rozen, the director of AIMS at