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Phone: (909) 607-3602
Email: heo@claremont.edu

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Hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 7pm *Currently Closed

Tranquada Student Services Center
1st Floor, 757 N College Way Claremont, CA, 91711

Alcohol and Marijuana 101

No judgement, no shame - just resources and support

Alcohol and Drug Education at HEO

Health Education Outreach provides confidential* one-on-one patient education (prevention and risk reduction) related to alcohol, cannabis, and other drugs. Our professional staff has been trained to use Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) and Cannabis Use Disorders Identification Test (CUDIT-R) as developed by The University of Washington as effective and efficient tools for counseling students about issues of substance use and dependence.

Our Health Educators also use an online program and social learning as a learning tool for all students with mandated alcohol or other drug policy violations. The online course is used to identify use patterns and give individualized feedback.

Using both BASICS/CUDIT-R, motivational interviewing, and other learning tools, it can be expected that the following topics may be discussed:

  • Student substance behavior and history
  • Student code of conduct and campus policies
  • State and federal laws concerning alcohol and other drugs
  • Consent and capacity to consent (as needed)
  • Standard drink measurements
  • The process of metabolization and absorption of different substances
  • Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)
  • Cannabinoids (THC vs. CBD)
  • Legal vs. recreational cannabis use
  • Functional vs. metabolic tolerance
  • Self-monitoring and safer substance use practices
  • Physiological and social risks and benefits
  • Campus trends and perceived vs. actual norms
  • Personal risk factors for developing substance dependence

*HEO’s professional staff maintains confidentiality in one-on-one appointments excepting situations in which a) they perceive that a student is a danger to themself or their community, b) they suspect child/elder/dependent adult abuse or neglect and are mandated by the state to report to Child Protective Services, and c) they perceive a crime that must be reported to Campus Safety as required by the Clery Act.

Alcohol 101/Cannabis 101 Structure

  • First session (20-45 minutes): Meet with the Health Educator and discuss the violation and referral, gather background information
  • Between appointments, there may be “homework” such as a reflection or an online activity to complete
  • Second session (20-45 minutes): Follow up, reflect, refer to any necessary resources, and make an action plan for the future

Making an Appointment

Make an appointment with Alex Washburn online:

  1. Go to  www.calendly.com/alexwashburn
  2. Select either the “Alcohol 101” or “Marijuana 101” option
  3. Select an available time slot that works best with your schedule
  4. Answer a few questions and hit Submit!


Contact Alex directly by emailing alexw@claremont.edu or by calling 909.607.9355 and providing the following info:

  • First and last name
  • School and year
  • Deadline for completion of the course (if applicable)
  • Weekday availability for appointments for the next 2 weeks

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