High-Risk Drinking Prevention Committee


The Wellness Network High-Risk Drinking Prevention Committee works to reduce high-risk drinking through research, campus and community partnerships, and recommending environmental management strategies and policy changes.

Email our committee chair Matthew Olson to learn more or get involved.

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Selected Projects

Partnership between BASICS and Downtown Austin Community Court

The University of Texas at Austin conducts the Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention (BASICS) program to help students examine their drinking behavior in a non-judgmental environment. Using motivational interviewing techniques, the program facilitators collaborate with participating students to assist them in developing strategies to reduce alcohol-related consequences that can negatively affect their personal and academic success. The BASICS program formed a partnership with the Downtown Austin Community Court that allows University of Texas students who have entered the court system as a result of a Minor in Possession, Minor in Consumption, or Public Intoxication charge to take the BASICS program as part of fulfilling their court-mandated requirements. This partnership helps connect UT students to an evidence-based, tailored resource on campus.

Graphic Information Systems (GIS) Analysis of Austin Alcohol Retail Outlets University Health Services and the Wellness Network are working with a student in the Geographic Information Science Center in the Department of Geography to map the alcohol retail outlets in proximity to campus and student residential areas. The GIS analysis includes classifying outlets into appropriate categories (e.g. package stores, bars, restaurants, etc.) to create a comprehensive scan of the alcohol environment in the campus area. Collecting and analyzing location data offers an opportunity to create a foundation for further policy and programmatic development that can prevent high-risk drinking and its associated consequences.

The UT Tailgate Project: Understanding Student Tailgating The High-Risk Drinking Prevention Committee conducted an environmental scan of tailgates on and around campus prior to a recent UT-Austin football game. A team of 15 students, led by Dr. Jessica Duncan Cance, assistant professor of Kinesiology and Health Education, observed over 200 individual tailgates in the two hours prior to the game. Alcohol was present at over 90% of the tailgates and was more likely to be present than food or nonalcoholic beverages. However, very few instances of visible drunkenness were observed and these instances were clustered in specific tailgating areas. The committee plans to use these results to target strategies to prevent high risk drinking among UT students.

Student Amnesty for Alcohol Emergencies During the spring of 2014, the High-Risk Drinking Prevention Committee revised the alcohol-related emergency amnesty program, formerly known as Alcohol Medical Emergency Call for Help (AMECH). Coinciding with the update, the committee worked with faculty, students, and staff members to rename the program, deciding in the fall of 2013 on Student Amnesty for Alcohol Emergencies. Since then, efforts to promote knowledge about the program have been led by the Health Promotion Resource Center and Student Conduct and Academic Integrity. These efforts have included distribution of information about the program to campus partners including the Texas Parents Association, the University of Texas Police Department, the Division of Housing and Food Services, the Office of the Dean of Students, and the University Unions.

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High-Risk Drinking Prevention Committee Meetings
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May 19 graphic element used to separate content 10am
Loc:Center for Students in Recovery, Bellmont 222
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