Date of Award

Summer 8-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)



First Advisor

William Farrell

Second Advisor

Laurie Roehrich

Third Advisor

Beverly J. Goodwin


A majority of college students drink, and alcohol is seen as a normal part of the college experience (NIAAA, 2013; Park, 2004). Alcohol use results in many negative consequences including academic, safety, health, and intuitional problems This study explores the effectiveness of Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) in a group setting at reducing rates of drinking, risk of alcohol-related disorders, and related problems. This evaluation also examines the program’s effect on students current Stage of Change. A total of 141 college students, with 44 receiving the group program and 97 serving as a comparison group, were participants in this study. Group BASICS was only effective at reducing average blood alcohol content (BAC) (p<.01). Group BASICS did not affect students’ Stage of Change, peak BAC, average drinks per week, peak drinks consumed, binge drinking, alcohol risk, or alcohol-related problems. This study adds to the body of literature that finds BASICS ineffective when utilized in a group setting.