Up2u empowers students to make healthier choices by providing them with effective tools and information.

The up2u program is an education-based campus prevention effort that focuses on the reduction of high-risk alcohol use and other drugs.

Our presenters engage with students in a fun, interactive, positive and intellectually stimulating manner. Up2u is a voluntary program, and presentations are available upon request by faculty, staff, coaches, student organizations, and the Greek community. Students can also meet with up2u staff to ask questions or receive information.

Students can also use e-CHUG (alcohol) and e-TOKE (marijuana) to receive anonymous information about their own use. These free online tools provide students with information in a meaningful way by comparing their use to campus data, calculating cost spent and calories consumed, and providing specific risk factors.

If you are here because you are required to take an alcohol class, please go to the IMPACT page.

e-Checkup2go (alcohol)

Take the eCHUG alcohol assessment

e-Checkup2go (marijuana)

Take the eTOKE marijuana assessment

About up2u

Up2u is an education-based campus prevention effort that focuses on the reduction of high-risk alcohol use. The program utilizes empirically based theories and approaches specifically designed for college students. Our presenters are trained on the following approaches, utilizing them in a fun, interactive, positive, and intellectually stimulating manner.


Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students is a nationally recognized and empirically validated program for helping students reduce high-risk alcohol behaviors. It focuses on helping students identify negative and harmful consequences of their use. It acknowledges that abstinence from alcohol is the safest option but not always the most acceptable choice for students. Thus, the program focuses on harm reduction as opposed to a “just say no” approach.

Motivational interviewing

Motivational interviewing has gained widespread acceptance in chemical abuse treatment and college counseling. It is a focused and goal-directed approach to working with college students. It attempts to meet students where they are in terms of change. In this context, the ultimate goal is to help students explore and resolve their ambivalence to changing behaviors around alcohol use.

Social norms

Social norms approaches assume that students may have inaccurate perceptions about the quantity and frequency of alcohol use of their fellow college students. Often students hear the most provocative and salacious stories about other students. They rarely hear what usually happens as it makes for less outrageous stories. Thus, social norms seek to gather accurate use data and then promote the accurate data in conjunction with healthy and protective behaviors.

Education and skills building

Many students lack a thorough understanding about many aspects of alcohol and its effects. Up2u helps students understand the neurological, psychological, and physiological effects of alcohol, blood alcohol levels, gender differences, tolerance, the size of a standard drink, and other relevant topics. Up2u participants receive a customized blood alcohol card to understand the effects of alcohol specific to their weight and gender. Presenters also link the negative academic effects of high risk alcohol use using current campus data.

Use assessment

In order for students to make safer choices the student must have an understanding of their current use. This includes quantity of alcohol consumed, frequency of consumption, type of alcohol, peak use, and typical use. In order to meet the needs of our students the up2u program has enlisted e-CHUG. This online tool assesses alcohol use, incorporates social norms data and provides students with interesting feedback such as “How many cheeseburgers you drank last month” and “How long would you have to run to burn off what you drank last month.”

Programming topics

  • Why Do We Drink?
  • What is a Standard Drink?
  • High Risk Behaviors Identification
  • Pouring Demonstration
  • Alcohol 101
  • Social Norms Clarification
  • Blood Alcohol Content
  • Biphasic Effects of Alcohol
  • Drug Interactions with Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Sexual Consent
  • Strategies for Lowering Risk
  • Alcohol and Academics
  • Bar Lab Experiment
  • Alcohol and Performance
  • Cost of High Risk Alcohol Use – Financially, Academically, Physically, and Personally
  • Alcohol Induced Blackout
  • Alcohol Myopia
  • Addiction and Dependency
  • Alcohol Poisoning Symptoms and Detox
  • How to Help a Friend
  • Alcohol and Performance

How to Get Help

Oregon State University provides services depending on your needs. The up2u program at Student Health Services can provide you with information and consultation regarding alcohol and drug use. Staff of up2u can talk with you if you are concerned about a friend and are unsure about how best to help them. You may also meet with the clinical staff at Student Health Services at no charge. Counseling and Psychological Services offers free counseling for mental health and chemical-related issues. 

Please note that these services are available for OSU students only.

If you are injured or struggling with medical issues, whether or not they are related to your use of alcohol or drugs, Student Health Services is available to address your needs.

Student Health Services
319 Plageman Building

Student Health Services
Plageman Building

Counseling and Psychological Services
500 Snell Hall

up2u Presentation

Thank you for scheduling an up2u alcohol prevention program for your classroom, organization, or group. In order to make the program a success, please have your students complete the following two items before the presentation.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at up2u@oregonstate.edu. Thanks and we look forward to presenting to your students.

Please complete the following items before our alcohol and drug prevention program:


1) e-CHUG online

This online program is anonymous and will give you information about your alcohol use. It will compare your habits to those of other OSU students, estimate how much you are spending on alcohol and how many calories you are consuming. It is important that you complete this before the up2u presentation.

2) Survey for customized Blood Alcohol Content card

Complete the survey above and the presenters will bring you a customized Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) card. Answer just five questions - it will only take you a few minutes! Do this as soon as possible, at least 24 hours in advance of your program, so we have time to print your customized card.