Alcohol and Other Drugs - Coastal Carolina University
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Brief Alcohol and Intervention for College Students (BASICS)

The LiveWell Office offers BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) to students to examine and explore their alcohol and other substance use in a safe and nonjudgemental setting with a trained counselor. In BASICS you will complete an online questionnaire, which creates a personalized profile report used to determine a personal strategy in regard to alcohol and substance abuse. 

The goal of the program is to help students determine their strategy for a safe, healthy and low risk lifestyle in regard to alcohol and substance use choices in order to achieve academic success and personal satisfaction.

Students may self refer to participate in BASICS by contacting the LiveWell Office at or students may be referred from the Dean of Students to participate in BASICS due to an alcohol violation or marijuana use violation. 

Consequences of underage drinking include:

  • School problems, such as higher absence and poor grades.
  • Social problems, such as fighting and lack of participation in group activities.
  • Legal problems, such as arrest for driving or physically hurting someone while drunk.
  • Physical problems, such as illness or injury while drunk.
  • Unwanted, unplanned and unprotected sexual activity.
  • Abuse of other drugs.
  • Death from alcohol poisoning.

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How do I help an intoxicated friend?

  • If you have any doubt about a student's safety, you need to err on the side of caution and call 911. (Don't forget to read CCU's Policy for Alcohol/Drug Medical Amnesty)
  • Remember, an intoxicated friend is not rational. Alcohol has affected judgment and you cannot reason with them.
  • Avoid being confrontational and aggressive. Try to stay calm and quiet.
  • If a person becomes violent or uncooperative, your first priority is your own safety and the safety of those around you. Call for assistance.
  • If a person is very intoxicated and staggering, vomiting, or passing out, they may need emergency care.
  • Remember PUBS to determine if the situation is an emergency.
       Puking while passed out.
       Unresponsive to stimulation (pinch or shaking)
       Breathing (slow, shallow or no breathing)
       Skin (blue or clammy)
  • If even ONE of these signs is present, call 911 immediately!

What should I do if I think a friend may be overdosing?

An overdose is when someone takes too much of a drug or medication, causing serious, harmful symptoms or even death. Most overdose deaths are caused by people abusing prescription opioids.

  • If you think you or someone else has overdosed on a drug, you should always call 911 immediately.

What is Medical Amnesty?

CCU's Alcohol/Drug Medical Amnesty Policy is designed to prevent students requiring medical attention as a result of alcohol and/or drug consumption from being put to bed and/or left alone by friends because of fear that a request for assistance will lead to formal disciplinary action. This policy will provide an opportunity for an intervention that may not result in action through the student conduct process.