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alcohol and drug education program

The Alcohol and Drug Education Program utilizes a comprehensive approach to addressing alcohol and other drug-related problems at Boston College and in the surrounding community.  We encourage the university community to join with us through task forces and coalitions to employ multiple strategies, including: providing education, changing the normative environment, promoting alcohol-free social options, reducing alcohol availability, developing alcohol policies and increasing the consistency of enforcement, reducing the marketing of alcohol, conducting early intervention, and providing treatment.

In order to be effective in our approach we value the following key components of effective prevention: assessment and evaluation, strategic planning, media advocacy and publicity of efforts, senior administrative support, student involvement, and building relationships with key stakeholders.

The Alcohol and Drug Education staff has implemented the following programs and services as part of our comprehensive approach to reducing the illegal and high-risk use of alcohol and other drugs and its related consequences.

  • Providing students with accurate and current information about alcohol and other drug-related issues via AlcoholEdu, educational programs, and various resource materials.
  • Increasing the number of alcohol-free, weekend, late-night, social events offered on campus, specifically through the student run program Nights on the Heights.
  • Running the Early Intervention and Education Program (EIEP). EIEP is a multilevel educational program designed to meet the individual needs of students who have made high-risk choices and consists of the following courses and screenings: CHOICES, BASICS, Other Drug Intervention, and AIM.
  • Collaborating regularly with staff from other departments such as Athletics, Campus Ministry, Counseling Services, Faculty, Health Services, Residential Life, etc. to increase the effectiveness of educational and prevention programs across campus; as well as providing training to Residential Life Staff, Resident Assistants, and other student leaders.
  • Actively involving members of the BC community and members of the local community surrounding BC in prevention efforts, through a campus task force and a campus and community coalition.