What is BASICS?

BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) is an early-intervention program designed to help students evaluate the risks that may result from alcohol use. It is an empathetic, confidential, non-judgmental program open to all JMU students.

It consists of two, 50-minute interview sessions that use self-assessment of alcohol use, behavior and potential risks, and then helps students identify potential changes to reduce future alcohol-related negative consequences.

BASICS is not an addiction treatment program. Referral to appropriate community resources is available.

Looking for a Change?

While in college, some students may drink alcohol heavily and/or have negative consequences that result from alcohol use. BASICS can help students who want to examine or reduce their alcohol use.

BASICS can help students who are:

To discuss the appropriateness of BASICS for yourself or for a student, please contact Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Paige Hawkins at hawkinsp@jmu.edu or 540-568-2831.

Call 540-568-2831 to schedule an appointment.

Where to go

The University Health Center is located in the Student Success Center at 724 South Mason Street. There are bike racks on both sides of the Student Success Center; bus stops at the Student Success Center, Miller Hall, and the corner of Mason Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way; and there is limited parking in the Mason Street Parking Deck. Please check-in 15 minutes prior to your appointment at The Well - the first floor entrance of the University Health Center off the atrium of the Student Success Center.

The University Health Center strives to make its programs and services as accessible and inclusive as possible. Please let a staff member know if assistance is needed or the University Health Center is difficult to access for any reason.


There is no fee to attend BASICS sessions. (No-shows will be billed $25 to the student's account).

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