Recognizing the need for the University to be proactive and positive in efforts to promote healthier choices regarding alcohol and other drugs, members of the University community have shaped a comprehensive strategy called “Think First.”

The goals of this program include reducing prominence of alcohol on campus, reducing the harms and high-risk behaviors that alcohol and other drugs bring to campus life, and to support the educational mission of the University by offering a healthy and supportive environment.

Sewanee’s overall strategy is informed by our own on-going research and by nationally recognized best practices. Our approach emphasizes:

  • Education,
  • Community Collaboration,
  • Enforcement,
  • Intervention, and
  • Changing Perspectives.

Think First has led to measurable improvements in the culture and overall health of the students on our campus. In 2011, Sewanee was honored to have 'Think First" designated one of the top national programs and as a finalist for the "Prevention Excellence Award" by Outside the Classroom.

We aspire to encourage our students to make healthier choices and reduce the harmful behaviors associated with alcohol and other drug use. We hope to promote healthier student-to-student and student-to-community relationships. Parents and family members are encouraged to discuss alcohol and drugs with college students, the Parent & Family Guide may assist in that conversation. We will all benefit from being part of a community that chooses to “think first.”

AlcoholEdu (EVERFI)

Alcohol abuse doesn’t just put college students’ safety and health at risk, but greatly threatens the ability of colleges and universities to achieve their institutional missions. Join the 500+ campus already using AlcoholEdu® as alcohol education that provides awareness training, alcohol abuse prevention, and safe drinking tips for college students.

AlcoholEdu for First Year Students

Designed for students entering college, this interactive online program uses the latest evidence-based prevention methods to create a highly engaging user experience, inspiring students to make healthier decisions related to alcohol and other drugs. This course includes tailored content that will:

  • Engage abstainers, light to moderate drinkers, and frequent drinkers with customized messaging
  • Educate students on the mental and physical the effects of alcohol
  • Prepare students to engage in bystander intervention

AlcoholEdu is used by 36% of all incoming first years at four-year institutions and it the only alcohol awareness and drinking prevention program proven to reduce negative alcohol-related consequences among students.

AlcoholEdu for Ongoing Students

Research shows that prevention education is most effective when students engage with the material regularly during their time in college.  Annually reinforce critical lessons to help students lead healthier, more productive college lives.

  • Builds on material in our previous course and offers students tips and strategies for responsible drinking based on their current drinking habits and readiness for change
  • Augments students’ ability to intervene and support other students with additional bystander intervention strategies
  • Includes unique content for students who choose not to drink in college in order to continue to support healthy decision-making