What is AlcoholEdu?
AlcoholEdu is an interactive, online program designed to inform students about how alcohol affects the body, mind, perceptions, and behaviors. The research-based course provides students with accurate information in a non-judgmental tone and provides personalized feedback that encourages students to consider their own drinking decisions and those of their peers.
Who is required to take AlcoholEdu?
All incoming freshmen must complete AlcoholEdu. Success of the program is based upon population-level prevention, a concept that recognizes that students’ choices likely impact those of their peers. Providing new students with a consistent message about alcohol can encourage thoughtful conversations, inspire a shift in alcohol-related behaviors, and highlight a campus culture that values healthy choices.
Used at over 400 colleges and universities across the country, data gathered from AlcoholEdu surveys indicates a significant improvement in alcohol-related behaviors. According to the “college effect,” student drinking patterns change upon arrival at college. Providing students with access to an informative and developmentally appropriate alcohol education program at this critical time represents just one piece of a comprehensive institutional initiative to address issues related to alcohol on campus. This program will enable the University to gather valuable data about our students that will be shared with campus stakeholders at the start of the spring semester.
How does the course address diverse student needs?
Customized by sex, drinking pattern, level of awareness, and student choices, AlcoholEdu content is relevant to each student. For example, the course pathway is different for students whose initial responses categorize them as abstainers, high risk, or moderate drinkers.
About the Course
What can students expect from the course?
The online program takes approximately 2.5 to 3 hours to complete and can be taken in segments. Students will have access to the program 24 hours a day and can complete the course at their own pace before scheduled deadlines. Students must complete the course from start to finish (Phase 1 and Phase 2) to ensure an effective curricular – and prevention – experience.
What is the content of the course?
The course consists of a pre- and post-test, informational chapters, interactive activities, and three surveys. Topics include:
- how media, family, & social expectations shape ideas & behaviors
- body/health factors including blood alcohol concentration (BAC)
- potential risks associated with problem drinking such as violence and drinking & driving
- impact of alcohol on academic performance and relationships
- how to make healthy choices, deal with peer pressure, & find help
- helpful resources, such as a BAC calculator & reference guides about alcohol & other drugs, that students can access at any time.
What is the format of the course?
Students must complete Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the course.
The first phase of the course must be completed before students arrive on campus. Phase 1 takes 2.5 to 3 hours to complete and can be completed in segments.
Students will receive an email notification 45 days after completing Phase 1 with login instructions for the final chapter and survey. Phase 2 takes only 15-20 minutes to complete.
Information for Parents
AlcoholEdu for Parents
As your student completes the AlcoholEdu program this summer, we invite you to take advantage of the AlcoholEdu for Parents website! AlcoholEdu for Parents provides you with direct access to the AlcoholEdu for College program that your student will complete as well as valuable information designated specifically for parents; including a guide to talking with your student about alcohol and a list of helpful resources.
Click HERE to access the AlcoholEdu for Parents website!
In addition to the AlcoholEdu for Parents website, the University has the following resources available for parents and family as well:
- Office of Parent and Family Affairs
- Department of Resident Life – Alcohol Policy Information
- Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct
- University Health Center – Substance Use Intervention and Treatment
- University Health Center – Health Promotion and Wellness Services
- Maryland Collaborative College Parents Matter