AlcoholEdu for College

Welcome to the University of Alabama

Because Alabama cares about your health and safety, the University is one of hundreds of institutions nationwide taking a new approach to alcohol prevention.

The university requires all incoming students to complete AlcoholEdu for College – a science-based course taken by tens of thousands of students each year. The course aims to educate students about alcohol and its effects on the mind and body.

Whether or not they drink, AlcoholEdu for College empowers students to make well-informed decisions and better cope with the drinking behavior of peers.

A Letter for Students

Dear Class of 2017,

Welcome to The University of Alabama. Our faculty and staff share your enthusiasm and ambition for realizing your potential and we wish you every success.

Being a first-year college student has many opportunities for growth and learning, but the newness of the situation can be challenging. The University of Alabama offers numerous programs and services to aid new students during this transition.

One of those programs is AlcoholEdu for College, a web-based alcohol prevention program that is required of all incoming freshman students. The program, recognized nationally for its effectiveness, uses the latest prevention techniques and science-based research to educate students about the impact of alcohol.

Whether you abstain from alcohol entirely or not, it is an influence in our lives and in the lives of our family and friends. AlcoholEdu is designed to empower you to make well-informed decisions about alcohol and to help you better cope with the drinking behavior of others. The program has been helpful to many college students seeking ways to balance their new freedom living away from home with their need to establish a healthy lifestyle as young adults.

Every incoming student is required to take AlcoholEdu for College. On July 17 you will receive an email giving you specific directions for logging on to AlcoholEdu through MyBama. You will need to complete Part 1 of the course, which takes about two and a half (2.5) hours to finish; this process may be broken down into multiple sessions but must be completed by August 16. Approximately 45 days later (on or after September 30), you will receive an automated e-mail asking you to complete Part 2, which will take about 15 minutes. You have not completed the program until both Part 1 and Part 2 have been submitted.

To take the course, you will need a computer with internet access and audio capabilities. If you do not have access to a computer, you can use any available computer with internet access such as those at your public library. Certain University of Alabama computer labs are available to you as well if you are on campus.

Please note that the course includes three surveys that offer you feedback on your alcohol-related attitudes and behaviors.  All individual survey responses are strictly confidential; UA officials will never see any individual student’s answers.

We are confident students will benefit from taking the AlcoholEdu course. Please complete the course by the deadlines noted as it is required for all incoming students. Part 1 of the course must be completed by August 16.

While a 2.5-hour educational program doesn’t guarantee an alcohol safe environment, AlcoholEdu has proven to be helpful to over one million college students who have taken the course nationally. It is our hope that the program will make a difference in our students’ lives. If the program helps just one of our students make a good decision about alcohol and personal safety, then we will have been successful.

Thank you for your prompt attention in completing Part 1 of the course. If you have any questions about the program or problems accessing the course (access is available beginning July 17), please reference our website at which will be updated frequently or contact Have a safe summer and great freshman year!

Judy Bonner
President, The University of Alabama

Mark Nelson
Vice President for Student Affairs