Alcohol Self-Assessment

The Alcohol Self-Assessment a brief, 10 question survey designed to assist students in determining if their alcohol use results in low, moderate, or high risk. If the results indicate that a student is at moderate or high risk, they will have the opportunity to sign-up for BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) and/or to make an appointment with a provider at Counseling and Psychological Services.


What other departments or services could I contact about my alcohol use?

Columbia University students can also contact Counseling & Psychological Services (CPS) at (212) 854-2878 during scheduled office hours. For after hours, you can contact the clinician on call at (212) 854-9797. Services provided by CPS are free and confidential to Columbia students.

What is the relationship between alcohol and sexual assault?

Research shows that the use of alcohol is associated with 50-72% of all campus sexual assaults (e.g., Abbey 2002, Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study, 2001).  That being said, alcohol does not cause sexual assault but is rather used to facilitate sexual violence.  Research shows that many perpetrators of sexual violence use alcohol as a weapon to facilitate sexual violence (Kanin, 1985; Lisak, 2002). This means that some perpetrators of sexual violence get another person drunk or high to impair their judgment or cause them to blackout in order to engage in sexual intercourse. Getting someone drunk or stoned in order to have sexual intercourse with them is considered sexual assault. Bystanders play an important role in intervening in these instances. If you see someone who is getting drunk and another person is supplying them with more alcohol while becoming physically intimate with them (i.e., kissing, groping), you can step up to see if you can intervene in the situation. 

For more information about bystander intervention, visit Step Up! Bystander Intervention. Additionally, if you are ever in a situation where you are with someone who has been drinking alcohol, it is best to wait to have sexual intercourse until everyone is sober to ask for or give consent.

For more information on Columbia’s definition of sexual assault and consent visit the Sexual Respect website.


Last updated May 04, 2017