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Alcohol and Drug Education Program

About Us

About Us

The Alcohol and Drug Education Program (ADE) at Boston College, a component of the Office of Health Promotion, coordinates a comprehensive program that works to support appropriate norms and challenge unhealthy and illegal behavior with regards to alcohol and other drug use. The Office of the Dean for Student Development, and therefore the Alcohol and Drug Education Program, is part of the Division of Student Affairs

Mission Statement

The Alcohol and Drug Education Program at Boston College is a comprehensive, community-based effort focused on creating significant shifts in the culture/environment to encourage and support appropriate norms around drinking and challenge attitudes and behaviors related to other drug use. 

The philosophy of the Alcohol and Drug Education Program is to:

  • empower students to make informed choices about alcohol and other drugs;
  • educate students about how to make low-risk choices;
  • emphasize health and safety issues related to alcohol and other drug use;
  • encourage civility and community;
  • and foster changes in the environment at BC that will reduce the illegal and high-risk use of alcohol and its related consequences.

Our Approach

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 for College, educational programs, and various resource materials.
  • 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:CHOICESBASICS, BASICS BoosterMarijuana AssessmentSubstance Abuse Assessment, e-CHUGMODE,  MIM, 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.

Links is a collaboration of students who are looking to connect with others at BC and socialzie without alcohol. Follow on facebook to find out about upcoming events. Email to sign up for the listserv and be the first to hear about events! 

ASAP Appointments

How to Help a Friend

Get sound advice. Go to a Boston College staff member* or health professional.  You don’t have to name any names.  If you explain the situation to a third party, it may help you figure out how to proceed.

Get sobriety on your side.  When it’s time to talk to your friend, make sure he or she isn’t drunk.  The time will never feel “right” to bring up such a tough subject, but beginning your talk when you’re both alert will give you a better chance of being heard.

Know resources to recommend to your friend on campus.

Keep it personal.  Begin the conversation with your friend by letting him or her know you care, and that’s why you are going to be honest.  Use your own feelings about the situation- “The way you act when you’re drinking makes me worry about you” instead of “so and so said you get too drunk.”  Be up front and list the negative affects you have seen alcohol have on the person, including health problems, memory loss, high risk behaviors, blackouts, friend/roommate conflicts. 

Expect denial.  It won’t be easy to get a friend to admit that he or she may have a problem.  Hear your friend out.  Also, although they may not be ready to make a change, they will have the information for the future. 


*A staff member of the Alcohol Screening and Prevention Initiative is available to speak confidentially with you about any concerns you may have about yourself or another student, email Olivia Sevey.  

Contact Us

Robyn Priest, M.A.
Associate Director

Jeannine Kremer, LICSW
Assistant Director


Katelyn Kennedy 
Graduate Assistant 
Alcohol and Drug Education 



Campus Address:
Gasson Hall, Suite 013

Mailing Address:
Boston College
Alcohol and Drug Education Program
Gasson Hall, Suite 013
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

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