CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Ralph Hingson, director of the Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) will visit UNC Charlotte, Thursday, April 8 to discuss College Drinking Trends, Community Prevention and Intervention.

Hingson will present research and trends regarding college alcohol use and drinking prevention including strategic plans of the NIAAA. Faculty, staff and community organizations interested in college and underage drinking are encouraged to attend.

The presentation, to be held from 10 to 11 a.m. in the College of Health and Human Services, Room 128, is sponsored by the Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention of College Students (BASICS) Stepped Care Program in collaboration with the UNC Charlotte School of Nursing and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). A question and answer session will follow the lecture from 11 a.m. to noon.

The UNC Charlotte School of Nursing $1.2 million grant, funded by SAMHSA (D. Kazemi, PI; M. Nies, Co-PI: grant #T1020209), enhances the current Wellness Promotion Department BASICS program. BASICS is an evidence based peer-to-peer model that uses brief motivational interviewing to help research participants understand the risks of alcohol use and guide them to make healthy choices.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Sam Walford in the School of Nursing at 704-687-7389 or

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