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Brief Alcohol and Screening and Intervention for College Students is a service available for students who want to explore their alcohol and other drug use.  It is designed to assist students in examining their own behaviors in a judgment-free environment.  BASICS may be required when a student violates NDSU policy in regards to alcohol and other drugs.

Reasons to Participate in Basics

BASICS is appropriate for anyone who uses alchohol or other drugs.  Whether you are concerned about your drinking or drug use or just curious to learn how your use compares to that of others.  BASICS will provide you with a structured opportunity to assess your own risk, identify potential changes that could work for you, and help you to reduce your risk for developing future problems.

What to Expect

BASICS sessions are held with counseling center members and involve two individual sessions after you have completed the e-chug and/or e-toke at our office.  Please bring the signature form provided by the entity that referred you so that your completion of BASICS can be documented.

Session I: a 90 minute appointment in which a standard intake will be completed followed by exploration of the personalized BASICS feedback report.  Based on data collected in the questionnaire, you will receive a feedback profile that provides personalized information about your use of alcohol and other drugs and how it compares to that of other NDSU students and national statistics.

Session II: a 50 minute appointment in which we discuss reactions to the information in your personalized feedback.  A student can choose to continue with ongoing counseling services following the completion of BASICS.


Call 231-7671.

BASICS appointments are scheduled by Counseling Center staff.  Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00-5:00, Tuesday and Thursday 8:00-8:00.

Program Developer

BASICS is based on research conducted by G. Alan Marlatt, Ph.D. at the University of Washington.  Its aim is to reduce high-risk use of alcohol and other drugs as well as the potentially harmful problems associated with such use.  The program is non-confrontational, nonjudgmental, non-authoritarian, and non-labeling.

Concerned About Your Drinking?

Take a free, anonymous Online Screening. According to the online screening results, it may be suggested that you seek further evaluation and/or treatment. NDSU students may do this by scheduling a BASICS appointment at the Counseling Center (231-7671). If possible, please print out and bring the results of the screening with you to your BASICS appointment.


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North Dakota State University
Counseling Center
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7671
Campus address: Ceres Hall 212
Physical/delivery address: 212 Ceres Hall, Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 2841 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
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