University of West Georgia Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT)

Many departments at UWG have been working on educating students about the negative consequences of alcohol misuse, including Health Services, Residence Life & Student Judicial Affairs, Student Development, Student Activities, Public Safety, Physical Education & Recreation, and UWG 1101.  However, national research indicates that education alone is not sufficient to change behavior – campus educational approaches need to be comprehensive and focused, and need to occur in a framework of other efforts, including treatment efforts for students with alcohol problems, policy enforcement on and off campus, and changing environmental influences (such as alcohol availability, price, and advertising; and campus culture regarding Thursday-Saturday expectations).

In the 2006-2007 academic year, we reorganized our approach to recognize the complexity of addressing this challenging issue. This approach uses a Social Ecological framework that incorporates approaches aimed at the student population as a whole, the broader college and community environment, and the individual student (as recommended by the Task Force of the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, www.collegedrinkingprevention,gov). It includes an Executive Committee, and four teams – Educational Programming, Treatment Options & Resources, Off-Campus Partnerships, and Campus Policies & Enforcement. This approach recognizes that multiple strategies, by multiple players, are necessary to be effective. 

  • ADAPT Goals

    ADAPT Goals

    1. Decrease negative outcomes associated with alcohol use by students.
      • Violence
      • Academic problems
      • Attrition from UWG
    2. Establish partnerships with Carrollton and Carroll County to decrease illegal and high-risk drinking off-campus by students.
    3. Decrease incidence of underage drinking by students.
  • Committee

    ADAPT Executive Committee

    Melanie McClellan (Vice President for Student Services)
    Tom Mackel (Director of Public Safety)
    Jerry Hall (Director of Student Development & Assistant Dean of Students)
    Leslie Cottrell (Director of Health Services)
    Trish Causey (Interim Director of Residence Life & Student Judicial Affairs)
    Michael Aldrich (Academic Affairs)

    Educational Programming Team Chair: Scot Lingrell (Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management)

    • Create a comprehensive list of current on-campus educational efforts.
    • Identify our educational goals.
    • Identify points of contact for educational programming, with the focus on first and second-year students.
    • Develop a comprehensive action plan and calendar for educational programming. 

    Treatment Options & Resources Team Co-chairs: Jill Hendricks (Patient Advocate, Health Services), John Frevert (Assistant Director, Student Development)

    • Create a comprehensive list of treatment options and resources for students with alcohol problems.
    • Develop recommendations of how students should be referred for these various treatment options and resources.
    • Make recommendations as to how to communicate treatment options to the campus.
    • Begin to identify needs for additional future resources.

    Off-campus Partnerships Team (UWG-Carrollton Alcohol Alliance) Chair: Melanie McClellan (Vice President for Student Services)

    • Develop strategies to get the community to help discourage irresponsible alcohol use.
    • Develop a plan to improve enforcement of alcohol laws.

    Campus Policies & Enforcement Team Chair: Trish Causey (Interim Director, Residence Life & Student Judicial Affairs)

    • Annually review policies, enforcement of policies, and communication about policies to determine if changes should be made
  • Links and Resources



    If you believe you may have a problem with alcohol, or if you know someone who may have a problem with alcohol, please contact Health Services at (678) 839-6452 or the Student Development Center at (678) 839-6428 for free, confidential help.

    To request a class or presentation on alcohol use, contact Debra Dugan, Health Educator, 678-839-0642, or go to the Health Services Peer Educators page.

    Web Resources related to alcohol use among college students: