What is AlcoholEdu?

Question: What is AlcoholEdu?
Answer: It is a two-part program is designed to inform you about responsible alcohol behaviors if you choose to use alcohol and help you understand how to cope with some of the behavior of your peers if you choose to abstain. After completing AlcoholEdu, we expect that you will have an increased understanding of alcohol and the potential for abuse. Our goal is to reduce the negative consequences of alcohol misuse and abuse for everyone.

Question: Will this be boring?
Answer: AlcoholEdu is not a lecture, so no. It is interactive and many people are surprised about how much they learned through this course.

Question: Why did Virginia Tech choose AlcoholEdu?
Answer: Virginia Tech has joined other top schools in the country in offering AlcoholEdu because it is an online, science-based, alcohol prevention program that provides a tailored educational experience focusing on the impact of alcohol on the mind and body. Research supports AlcoholEdu as an effective tool in creating a healthy campus environment for all students (regardless of alcohol use behaviors). Used at over 600 colleges and universities across the country, data gathered from AlcoholEdu surveys indicates a significant improvement in alcohol-related behaviors. Students who have completed AlcoholEdu at other campuses are much less likely to develop alcohol problems or experience negative consequences (e.g. vomiting, hangover, missing class, injuries) as a result of alcohol use.

Question: What does AlcoholEdu cover?
Answer: The Key Content Areas of AlcoholEdu include:

  • Definition of a standard drink
  • Factors that affect blood alcohol concentration
  • Short- and long-term effects of alcohol on the body
  • Negative alcohol consequences, including blackouts and hangovers; danger signs of alcohol poisoning
  • Prevalence rates for alcohol abstention, high-risk drinking, and alcohol-related sexual assaults.
  • Factors that influence people’s decisions and attitudes about drinking
  • Laws and policies

Question: How is the course structured?
Answer: AlcoholEdu is a two-part course with a 45-day intermission between Part I and Part II. The graphic below helps to illustrate the course structure.

AlcoholEDU Structure

Question: How do the programs address diverse student needs?
Answer: Customized by sex, alcohol use pattern, level of awareness, and student choices, the AlcoholEdu program content is relevant to each student. For example, the program pathway is different for every student and based on their individual needs.

Question: Is AlcoholEdu confidential?
Answer: Yes. The AlcoholEdu administrator at Virginia Tech will receive your score on the exam, but this is the only information ever matched with your identity. Your parents will NOT have access to any information (including your score on the knowledge exam) unless you choose to share it with them or to sign an information release that allows us to share it with them. Virginia Tech only receives the aggregate data to increase the efficacy of our wellness efforts. During the surveys, you will be asked if you would like more information about specific Virginia Tech organizations. If you click "yes," you will receive information (via e-mail) regarding only the selected organizations.

Why do I have to complete AlcoholEdu?

Answer: We care about you and we take your safety seriously. Virginia Tech is deeply committed to your well-being, academic success, and engaging you in a learning experience that creates a healthier campus community. National health data suggests that alcohol use habits of incoming college students can change dramatically based on a number of factors (expectations, history, environment, etc.). AlcoholEdu engages students to think about some of the situations and environments common in collegiate settings and helps them clarify their values when it comes to choosing to use alcohol. We believe that people will make the most informed decision for themselves if equipped with accurate knowledge.

What do I have to do? (Requirements)

Question: What will happen if I do not meet the deadline for AlcoholEdu?
Answer: Should a student elect to not take this free online class, they will be enrolled into an in-person, 2-hour class. There may be a cost associated with the in-person class. You will be contacted when the course will be scheduled. The associated cost may be assessed to your student account when the in-person course is administered.

Question: Who is required to complete AlcoholEdu?
Answer: All 2-year and 4-year domestic and international students enrolling in their first semester of classes are required to take AlcoholEdu. This includes the Ag-Tech 2-year program. If you have questions about your status, please contact your department. What if I don’t drink or it’s against my beliefs?

Question: When are the deadlines for AlcoholEDU?

 AvailablePart I DeadlinePart II Deadline
July 28 2016
August 18 2016
60 days after
Part I completion
July 28 2016
September 5 2016
60 days after
Part I completion

Question: What do I have to do to complete it Part I of AlcoholEdu?
Answer: You must obtain a grade of 80% or higher on the test to pass Part I and complete Part II which will be emailed to you 45 days after completing Part I. Part II only takes 15-20 minutes to complete and is due by October 14 2016. Students must finish Part II to complete the program.

Question: What happens if I don't pass the test? (AKA just click through the course)
Answer: You will need to retake the program. Successful completion of AlcoholEdu includes passing the knowledge exam and completing the final chapter and survey.

If you have documented learning accommodations, please use our Contact Us page and let us know. We will work with you to complete the program.

Question: Do I have to do Part II?
Answer: Yes. Part II will be emailed to you 45 days after completing Part I.

Question: How do I complete Part II of AlcoholEdu?
Answer: Wait. You cannot take Part II immediately. You will be emailed 45 days after completing Part I indicating that Part II is ready. It takes 15-20 minutes to complete.

Question: Why do I have to wait 45 days to complete the programs after Part I?
Answer: The 45-day wait is in place in order to have students apply the knowledge from the programs to their specific college environment. Students are then assessed at the end of the wait period and program to see what changes or differences were made due to the knowledge they gained in the program.

Question: Do I need a textbook or materials for this program?
Answer: No. A textbook and/or materials are not needed.

Question: Will I receive college course credit for taking AlcoholEdu?
Answer: No.You will not receive college course credit for AlcoholEdu.

What if I am a Parent/Guardian and I want to know more?

Question: What if my student does not drink or it’s against our religious beliefs?
Answer: Please see What if I don't drink?

Question: What will my student see when they take AlcoholEdu?

Question: Did my student complete AlcoholEdu?
Answer: Parents will not have access to any student specific information (including a student’s score on the knowledge exam) unless the student chooses to share it with them or they sign an information release that allows us to share it with them.

Note: The web-based alcohol abuse prevention program is meant for students to complete on their own and not with a parent or guardian. Please allow your student to complete the program on their own.

Question: What if I have more or different questions that weren’t answered here?
Answer: We want to know! Please contact us by using the button on the right side of the page.

How do I access AlcoholEdu?

Question: How do I login?
Answer: You will login by visiting the Online Programs Home Page You will need your VT PID, password, and the ability to complete two-factor identification to enter the site. If you do not know your password, please visit: http://www.computing.vt.edu/.

ALWAYS login through our Online Programs Home Page, never go directly to the AlcoholEdu site or you will get an error message when logging in.

Question: If I don’t have computer access at home do I still need to complete AlcoholEdu?
Answer: Yes. To take the program you will need access to a computer with internet access and audio capabilities. If you do not have access to a computer at home, you can use any publicly available computer with internet access and audio capabilities. Public computers are often available in your local public library, copy center, or community center. Virginia Tech provides computer labs and Wi-Fi Internet access across campus for anyone with a VT PID.

Question: What are the minimum system requirements?
Answer: This link describes AlcoholEdu’s minimum system requirements. If you do not have ready access to a computer that meets the minimum system technical requirements, you are encouraged to try using a computer at a local library, copy center, or community center.

Question: Who do I contact if I believe I need accommodations to complete AlcoholEdu?
Answer: Please use the Contact Us link on the right and we will work with you to meet these requirements.

What if I don’t use alcohol?

Question: Do I still need to complete AlcoholEdu if I don't drink?
Answer: Yes. All incoming first year VT students need to complete the program. Even if you don't use alcohol, you may still be impacted by alcohol use issues in the college environment. AlcoholEdu provides personalized paths through the curriculum so if you don't use alcohol, you will receive support and specific information tailored to your choice. AlcoholEdu will also provide you with important information regarding coping with potential behavior of your peers while under the influence of alcohol.

Question: Why do I have to do this if my religious beliefs forbid alcohol use?
Answer: Alcohol use in the college environment has the potential to affect everyone. Even if you don't use alcohol, you may be impacted by the potential behavior of your peers. AlcoholEdu provides personalized paths through the program so if you don't use alcohol, you will receive support and specific information tailored to your choice.

How will I find out about AlcoholEdu?

Question: How will students find out about AlcoholEdu?
Answer: Students are informed of the program participation requirements through their VT e-mail account on July 28. They are also informed of this program by information in orientation materials and vigorous promoting during orientation events during the first three weeks of July. E-mails with directions on how to login to the program will be sent out on July 28. Continuous reminders will be sent out until the due date.

Question: When will AlcoholEdu be available this year?
Answer: July 28 2016.

What if I have a technical problem with the course?

Please refer to the link on the right labeled Technical Troubleshooting.

How do I contact someone if I have more questions?

Answer: Please use our Contact Us page.