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AlcoholEdu FAQs

What is AlcoholEdu?

AlcoholEdu is an online alcohol prevention program used on about 500 college and university campuses nationwide. This Population-Level Prevention® program is designed to challenge students' expectations about alcohol while enabling them to make healthy and safe decisions.

Who should complete AlcoholEdu?

Purdue University expects all new students - incoming first-year and undergraduate transfer students - to complete AlcoholEdu for College. In addition, RAs, BGR team leaders, students living in University Residences who are under 21, and other student groups on campus have been selected to participate.

Why am I being asked to take this course?

Purdue is committed to the academic success of its students. The course is designed to increase students' knowledge about alcohol use, its consequences, and strategies for reducing negative consequences of alcohol in the college environment. We are implementing AlcoholEdu to ensure students have a clear understanding of the risks involved with consuming alcohol in an unsafe manner and to help them make mature decisions regarding alcohol. This program is considered the premiere alcohol prevention tool in the country.

If I don't drink, do I still have to complete AlcoholEdu?

Yes. Whether or not you drink, you will very likely encounter other students who drink or talk about drinking while at Purdue. The course provides information about coping with others' drinking behavior as well as responding effectively in situations where others are at risk of alcohol-related harm (e.g. alcohol poisoning, potential drinking and driving). AlcoholEdu provides personalized pathways through the course based on what students already know about alcohol, whether and/or how much they drink, as well as their gender. If you do not drink, the material you receive will provide specific information tailored to your choice.

When will I take AlcoholEdu?

Students will receive login information around July 15th via e-mail and are expected to complete Part 1 of the course with a passing grade before the beginning of the fall semester. In late September, students will receive e-mail instructions for completing Part 2.

How long does it take to complete AlcoholEdu?

The course has 2 parts. Part 1 takes 2-3 hours to complete and is best taken in separate sittings. Part 2 takes 15 minutes to complete. The course includes surveys, tests of knowledge, and informational chapters.

Do students receive college credit for AlcoholEdu?

No. Although all incoming students are expected to complete AlcoholEdu, the course and course grade will not be included in transcripts and does not meet any graduation requirements.

What does it take to pass the AlcoholEdu course?

A score of 75% of higher is required.

Are my answers to questions confidential?

Your answers are strictly confidential. Any responses you provide to survey or exam questions will be grouped together with other students' answers, and no one will ever connect you with your responses. The answers you submit to our free-response or journaling questions also are confidential.

Purdue staff implementing AlcoholEdu will know if you have completed the course and your final exam score, but not your individual responses or answers to questions.

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