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High-Risk Drinking Prevention Committee

The Wellness Network High-Risk Drinking Prevention Committee works to reduce high-risk drinking through research, campus and community partnerships, and recommending environmental management strategies and policy changes. All campus community members with an interest in the reduction of high-risk drinking or related topics are invited to participate. The High-Risk Drinking Prevention Committee membership represents a wide variety of campus departments.

All campus community members with an interest in the reduction of high-risk drinking or related topics are invited to participate. Email our committee chair Matthew Olson to learn more or get involved.

INITIATIVES

The High-Risk Drinking Prevention Committee seeks to address the need for primary level prevention campus initiatives to combat High-Risk Drinking. Below is a list of our current initiatives.

Safe Tailgate Kit Distribution

This initiative is a partnership with UT Athletics to provide and distribute water and granola bars to UT student clubs and organizations during tailgating activities during UT home football games.

Responsible Retail Server Training

This initiative utilizes Great Plays Grant Funding to provide free Responsible Retail Server Training to employees at multiple local establishments who are serving alcoholic beverages to UT students.

BASICS partnership with the Downtown Austin Community Court & Travis County Justice of the Peace Court #5

Our committee supports and promotes the Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) program to help students examine their drinking behavior in a non-judgmental environment. Using motivational interviewing techniques, the program facilitators collaborate with participating students to assist them in developing strategies to reduce alcohol-related consequences that can negatively affect their personal and academic success. In 2015, the BASICS program formed a partnership with the Downtown Austin Community Court that allows University of Texas students who have entered the court system as a result of an alcohol related offense to take the BASICS program as part of fulfilling their court-mandated requirements. In 2017, the BASICS program expanded the community partnerships to include the Travis County Justice of the Peace Court #5. These partnership helps connect UT students to an evidence-based, tailored resource on campus.

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Matthew Olson, LPC

Leadership:
Matthew Olson, LPC


Matthew is originally from the Houston area and enjoys all sports, playing with his daughter, and spending time with his livestock. Matthew chairs both the high-risk drinking prevention committee and committee on substance safety and overdose prevention.

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