Audience: 12 to 18-year-old students and their teachers
Funding is available to provide free training in many areas we serve.
On SAMSHA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP), ALC is a certified, brief classroom-based program designed to alter alcohol expectancies and reduce the quantity and frequency of alcohol use among high school and college students. Alcohol expectancies are an individual’s beliefs about the anticipated effects of alcohol use, including those that are positive (e.g., increased sociability, reduced tension) and negative (e.g., impairments to mental and behavioral functioning, increased aggressiveness or risk taking).
Some of the most desired effects — the arousing, positive, and pro-social effects — are placebo effects rather than pharmacological ones. ALC aims to correct erroneous beliefs about the effects of alcohol, decreasing positive and increasing negative expectancies. These shifts in expectancies help predict lower levels of alcohol use. During a one-time ALC lesson, students learn about standard drinks, the range of alcohol expectancies, the difference between pharmacological effects and placebo effects and the efforts by alcohol companies to portray positive expectancies in advertisements. ALC is available in one 90-minute lesson or two 45-minute lessons.