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CHOICES About Alcohol: A Brief Alcohol Abuse Prevention and Harm Reduction Program for College Students
George A. Parks and Mark S. Woodford
CHOICES is the most recent outgrowth of theevidence-based harm reduction modality of the Alcohol Skills Training Program (ASTP) (Kivlahan, Marlatt, Fromme, Coppel, & Williams, 1990). This latest ASTP model can be used for all three levels of alcohol abuse
prevention for college students. For example, CHOICES can be used as an indicated prevention program serving the needs of college students who have already developed alcohol-related problems. CHOICES can also be directed at all college students on a campus (universal prevention) because its content applies equally to all levels of alcohol use from students who abstain from drinking to those who are frequent heavy drinkers. In addition, CHOICES can be a targeted intervention for subgroups of students at higher risk
for alcohol abuse (selective prevention), such as freshman, athletes, or members of the college Greek system (Larimer & Cronce, 2002).