Alcohol misuse represents a serious health issue for colleges and universities around the country. Surveys indicate the majority of college students drink regardless of their age and that approximately two out of every five college students engage in high risk drinking. High-risk drinking is associated with unintentional injury (e.g., motor vehicle crashes, falls, and drownings), sexually transmitted diseases, unintended pregnancy, sexual assault, violence, and poor academic performance. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has estimated over 1,800 alcohol-related deaths among college students, 599,000 injuries, and 696,000 assaults annually associated with excessive drinking. Further, according to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, high-risk drinking epitomizes the greatest single problem that America's universities must address.
To educate students about the issue of high risk drinking, the University of Florida has subscribed to e-CHECKUP TO GO, an evidence-based on-line alcohol intervention and personalized feedback tool. Students are able to assess their alcohol consumption using personalized information about their own drinking and risk factors. The site is a comprehensive, interactive, and personalized approach to meet the diverse needs of UF students.
This on-line alcohol education program allows students to:
Review personal feedback, used in conjunction with counseling, or as a stand-alone intervention, which includes information that has been shown to be particularly motivating to college drinkers (Source: e-CHECKUP TO GO website):
As an Education initiative of the Community Alcohol Coalition all undergraduate first year and transfer students who began at the University of Florida Summer or Fall 2010 will be required to complete the Alcohol e-CHECKUP TO GO assessment prior to advance registering for Spring semester classes. Spring 2011 admits are required to complete this program prior to registering for Fall semester classes. The only information reported to the University will be the students name and ID number. All other responses are confidential and serve as a guideline for students to view how their drinking behaviors compare to other college students.
It is now in use on over 550 universities and colleges in all 50 states across the United States. (source: e-CHECKUP TO GO website)
Below is a list of the tasks to complete on e-CHECKUP TO GO. Your visit should last about 35 minutes.
Access Alcohol e-CHECKUP TO GO course through https://interwork.sdsu.edu/echeckup/usa/alc/coll/index.php?id=UFL&hfs=true.
From the Alcohol e-CHECKUP TO GO home page, select "I HAVE NOT completed the Alcohol e-CHECKUP TO GO previously" button.
Next, print or write down your User Identification Number (UID). You will need this number to:
Once you have recorded your UID number, please continue on to the course by selecting begin.
Fill in your demographic information then select next.
*Please read through the following instructions before continuing*