AlcoholEdu is a web-based alcohol education program designed to assist students in making healthy decisions regarding alcohol use in college. The program takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete and includes information on:
- factors that influence people’s decisions and attitudes about drinking;
- alcohol’s effect on the brain and body;
- blood alcohol concentration and low-risk drinking strategies;
- recognizing and responding to an alcohol-related emergency.
Based on students’ responses to a confidential questionnaire at the beginning of the program, AlcoholEdu provides personalized information based on biological sex and drinking behavior. AlcoholEdu is relevant for all students, whether or not they choose to drink alcohol.
Here are answers to some of the most commonly-asked questions about AlcoholEdu:
Q. How do students access the course?
A. Log in to the New Student To-Do List to access Part 1 of the course; it will become available July 11, 2016. You will receive an email with the link to access Part 2 of the course when it becomes available in September..
Q. An organization I am joining requires a "Certificate of Completion" from AlcoholEdu. How do I get one?
A. Students can log in to their course at any time after finishing Part 1 and the Part 2 follow-up. Simply click on the link provided within AlcoholEdu to view and print a Certificate of Completion.
Q. I am a transfer student. Do I need to take AlcoholEdu?
A. Yes, transfer students need to take AlcoholEdu.
Q. But I took AlcoholEdu or a similar program at my previous institution! Doesn’t that satisfy the requirement?
A. No. Transfer students are still required to take AlcoholEdu at Cornell even if they’ve taken a similar course at their previous institution. Cornell’s AlcoholEdu program has information and resources specific to Cornell that are important for transfer students to learn.
Q. What about students who do not have easy access to computers at home or in their community?
A. We ask that you consider all the possibilities for accessing a computer. A friend or family member may be willing to let your use their computer for this purpose. Also, many local libraries have computers available with internet access.
If it is truly impossible to access a computer with the necessary technical capabilities, you may receive an extension to complete AlcoholEdu early in the fall semester in order to take the course on a Cornell computer. Please e-mail Leah Berkenwald or call her at 607 255-1297.
Q. What if a student’s home computer freezes or crashes while trying to run the program?
A. First, try switching browsers (use Chrome or Firefox instead of Internet Explorer) or clearing your browser’s cache. If you still need help, contact AlcoholEdu’s 24/7 technical support center at 1-866-384-9062 or click the “help” link in the course to chat with a live agent or submit a ticket. If that does not solve the problem, please e-mail Leah Berkenwald or call her at 607 255-1297 for an extension in order to take the course on a Cornell computer early in the fall semester.
Q. Why is Cornell implementing AlcoholEdu? Is there a drinking problem here?
A. Cornell is pretty typical of most college campuses when it comes to alcohol use. Most people here drink moderately or do not drink at all. The info on AlcoholEdu is really about helping people think through decisions related to alcohol use.
Online alcohol education is a promising strategy available for addressing the University’s ongoing goal of reducing high-risk drinking and related harm. In 2015, a work group of student volunteers reviewed multiple online education courses and recommended AlcoholEdu to the University’s Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs as the option that was most engaging and relevant for Cornell students.
Q. What does research say about AlcoholEdu?
A. Research on AlcoholEdu is promising. The program is recommended as a strategy with “higher effectiveness” by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s College Alcohol Intervention Matrix (CollegeAIM).
For more information at Cornell University
Contact: Leah Berkenwald
Health Initiatives Coordinator
Skorton Center for Health Initiatives
Gannett Health Services
For product information
Visit the AlcoholEdu website.