ALCOHOL & OTHER DRUG SERVICES


The Office of Alcohol & Other Drug Services (AODS) at Babson College offers a range of programs and services designed at reducing the negative consequences associated with high-risk drinking and other forms of substance abuse through prevention, education, intervention, policy development, and coordination with treatment providers. AODS collaborates with students and staff throughout the College to create a comprehensive substance abuse prevention program rooted in harm reduction and community public health, and focused on promoting health and safety among all Babson students.

Get Help

Are you or someone you care about:

  • Drinking too much or too often?
  • Using other drugs?
  • Concerned about a friend's behavior resulting from substance use?

We can help. Contact the Wellness Center at wellness@babson.edu or 781-239-5200, or email Leah Berkenwald at lberkenwald@babson.edu directly to make an appointment.

Programs & Services

AlcoholEdu®

AlcoholEdu for College® is an interactive online program designed to reduce the negative consequences of alcohol amongst students. It is the most widely used alcohol prevention program in higher education, and at Babson, all incoming first-year, transfer, and exchange students are required to complete the course pre-matriculation. The online program delivers a personalized experience to all types of students dependent on their current drinking choices, and is proven effective – eight independent studies have verified the efficacy of AlcoholEdu®.
 

Watch Your BAC Workshops (in partnership with the Peers On Wellness)

These student-led workshops focus on issues of alcohol and social life at Babson. POWs and members of the Health & Wellness Staff co-facilitate discussion with First-Year Seminar groups during new student orientation. These interactive sessions cover physiology of alcohol, risk and protective factors, Babson’s Amnesty Policy, and how to be an active bystander.

Individual Consultations

AODS offers free and confidential consultations by appointment. These sessions typically last 50 minutes and provide students with an opportunity to explore the nature of their relationship with alcohol or other drugs, or to discuss concerns for friends, partners, and family members. Students are also welcome to schedule a consultation to gather information and resources. To schedule an appointment, email wellness@babson.edu or call 781-239-5200.

Brief Alcohol Screening & Intervention for College Students (BASICS)

BASICS is a two-session assessment designed specifically for college students. Developed at the University of Washington, BASICS is an evidence-based intervention that has been found to significantly reduce negative consequences associated with high-risk drinking. Students meet with a BASICS Provider for an intake interview and to complete an online screening instrument that gathers information about the student’s relationship with alcohol (BASICS I). A comprehensive personalized feedback profile is generated for the second session (BASICS II), which features comparisons to campus norms, consequences and student goals. The Provider guides the student through their profile, using principles of Motivational Interviewing throughout the process. To schedule an appointment for BASICS, email wellness@babson.edu or call 781-239-5200.

POW Party Grants

Thanks to a generous donation by the Bidwell family, Student Activities and Leadership, the Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Services, and Peers on Wellness (POW!) are able to provide funding for food and water at student parties and social events with or without alcohol. Eating food and drinking water are proven strategies to reduce risk of harms related to alcohol consumption. The Bidwell Party Grant program encourages students to party safely by providing food and water for their guests at little to no cost.  To learn more about the program, visit the POW Party Grant webpage.

Online Resources

Alcohol & Your Health provides medically accurate information about the effects of alcohol on the brain and body from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

Facts about Alcohol Overdose (or Alcohol Poisoning) explains what happens in the body during an alcohol overdose, and how to help someone in an emergency.

Rethinking Drinking: Alcohol & Your Health offers tools to evaluate your drinking habits and make changes.

National Institute on Drug Abuse provides medically accurate information and scientific research about alcohol and other drugs, including marijuana.

Massachusetts Substance Abuse Information & Education Helpline provides free and anonymous information and referral for alcohol and other drug abuse problems and related concerns. The Helpline is committed to linking consumers with comprehensive, accurate, and current information about treatment and prevention services throughout Massachusetts.

National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence provides education, information, help, and hope to the public. It advocates prevention, intervention, and treatment through a nationwide network.