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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.

Why Purdue?


Purdue University believes that a comprehensive alcohol education and prevention program requires multiple approaches. By utilizing the AlcoholEdu program, Purdue is able to deliver a message about making healthy choices and reducing risk within the community using a medium that resonates with today’s generation of college students. The online, interactive nature of AlcoholEdu allows students to absorb this message in a comfortable environment and to equip them with tools to indentify the risks associated with alcohol prior to arriving on campus for the start of the fall semester. In addition, AlcoholEdu allows us to connect with students after they have been on campus for several weeks to measure the effectiveness of this approach.

What should I expect?


To take the course, you will need a computer with Internet access and audio capability. If you do not have home access to a computer, you can use any publicly available computer with Internet access. In addition, computers are available on campus.

The course consists of two parts, both of which must be completed to satisfy this requirement. All information you provide is confidential. Purdue and AlcoholEdu staff will never see individual student surveys or responses.

Part 1
This part will take approximately 2 hours to complete.

    It includes:
  • A pre-survey;
  • A pre-test of your alcohol knowledge;
  • The educational course;
  • An exam, which you must pass with a score of at least 70%; and
  • A post-survey.

You may access Part 1 of the course beginning August 4th. The deadline for completing Part 1 is August 25th. About six weeks after the start of classes, you will receive an email with instructions for completing Part 2 of the course.

Part 2 will take about 15 minutes to complete.
    It includes:
  • Updated alcohol information;
  • A short video; and
  • A final survey

Part 2 of the course must be completed within 14 days of receiving instructions.

If you experience technical difficulties, the AlcoholEdu Online Technical Support Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For support, click the "Help" button in the upper-right corner of any active window in AlcoholEdu for College or call 1-866-384-9062. You do not need to be logged into the course to access the Help Site.

Non-urgent questions or comments about this program may be emailed to alcoholedu@purdue.edu.

Who should complete AlcoholEdu?


Purdue University expects all new students - incoming first-year and undergraduate transfer students - to complete AlcoholEdu for College.

Why am I being asked to take this course?


Purdue University recognizes that there is a responsibility in being part of a community. By taking AlcoholEdu, you will be better informed to make appropriate decisions not just for yourself, but for those around you. Living in a healthy community will create an environment that will help you reach your personal and professional goals.

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, 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 you.

When will I take AlcoholEdu?


Students will receive login information around August via e-mail and are expected to complete Part 1 of the course with a passing grade by August 25th. About six weeks after classes start, 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 approximately 2 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 70 percent or higher is required. The course can be retaken if a student does not pass.

Are my answers to questions confidential?


Your answers are strictly confidential. No one will ever be able to 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.

If I took the AlcoholEdu course at another school, will I still need to take it here?


Yes. Some students took a version of this course in high school, and the college course has more information about safety, protective behaviors, and transitioning to the college environment. We think this information is important for our Purdue students. If you took AlcoholEdu at another college or university, the course has been revamped and has some Purdue specific information. It’s important for you to take it here, too.

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