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Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT)

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ADAPT is dedicated to addressing the issues of alcohol and other drug abuse in the University of Virginia community. As peer educators, we promote awareness, provide educational outreach, and serve as accessible resources for our fellow students. Our primary purpose is to minimize the abuse of alcohol and other drugs in an effort to promote a healthier environment at our University.

Request a Presentation ADAPT members have been trained on a variety of topics relating to substance abuse and are familiar with additional resources available to U.Va. students. To schedule an educational program with ADAPT members you must submit complete and submit the program request form. You may also email ADAPT at


As an ADAPT peer educator, you can help promote awareness, provide educational outreach, and serve as an accessible resource to other University students. ADAPT strives to alleviate some of the problems related to alcohol and drug use and abuse around Grounds through education programs and special events like Safe Spring Break and Substance Abuse Awareness Week. As a peer education group, we are looking for dedicated, responsible students who are passionate about the concern of alcohol and other drug abuse at U.Va. and who demonstrate a strong commitment to better our community.  Recruitment is held in the spring and consists of an application and interview.  To receive spring 2015 recruitment information, email


Hoos Sober listserv

ADAPT coordinates a weekly e-mail to 1,500 subscribers that details activities that are not alcohol-based and that are open to the public.  To subscribe, send an e-mail to with the subject "subscribe hoos-sober."


National GORDIEday / National Hazing Prevention Week

Every year during National Hazing Prevention Week, campuses across the country partcipate in this event. Past events have included a screening of HAZE: The Movie, a panel discussion, and a banner contest. This year, National GORDIEday will take place on Thursday, September 26, 2013.


Halloween Awareness Campaign


Each year, ADAPT promotes safety for Halloween. They provide programming and materials that present students with relevant information about how to stay safe on Halloween. This includes safe drinking habits, using the buddy system to get home, being aware of strangers in costumes, and carrying identification with you at all times.

The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) peer educators plan a variety of educational programs to promote safe Halloween behaviors.  

ADAPT hosted Reverse Trick or Treating (750 free Halloween cups with candy) 

  • ​Friday, 10/25 from 1pm - 3pm on Rugby Rd. In front of Madison House
  • Wednesday, 10/30 from 5;30pm - 7:30pm at OHill
  • Thursday, 10/31 from 11am - 1pm on the lawn and 5:30pm - 7:30pm at OHill

Be a superhero, and take care of your friends!

  • Make a Gameplan!
    • Carry and ID
    • Stay with friends
    • Be aware of your surroundings
    • Eat before and while drinking
    • Set a drink limit and stick to it
    • Emergency Ride: (434) 295-4131


  • If you go to a party, go with a group of friends you know and trust and leave the party together.
  • Use caution if you choose to drink. Drinking alcoholic concoctions (for example, "Jungle Juice") can be dangerous since the alcohol content can vary widely and sweetened beverages can hide the taste of liquor. Never leave a drink unattended. 
  • Never leave a friend alone, especially if impaired, and do not hesitate to call 911 if medical attention is needed. Students will not face reprisal for seeking help.
  • Always carry a photo ID and a cellphone and make sure your friends do the same in case you become incapacitated for any reason.
  • Consider your costume, and avoid wearing one that does not allow you to see and move freely. Stop and make sure motorists see you before you cross the street. Be sure the material is inflammable (and don't burn candles at gatherings - use flameless ones).
  • Some people with harmful intentions may take advantage of being unrecognizable in a Halloween costume. Stay in an environment where you can easily get help or move away from someone who is threatening your safety. Be aware of your surroundings.
  • If you need a ride home, call SafeRide (434.242.1122) or Yellow Cab (434.295.4131).

For the full text of Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer Lampkin's email to students, click HERE:

Substance Abuse Awareness Week

In the weeks leading up to the last home football game at U.Va., ADAPT coordinates a number of events to raise awareness of the risks of substance abuse and excessive celebration and promote safe drinking habits among all students.

The first 1,000 fourth-year students who sign the I’ll Remember The Game pledge will receive a free pair of sunglasses and stadium cup. Pedge forms are available at all events and presentations, and at the Gordie Center (170 Rugby Road, Lower Level of Madison House) 10/28 - 11/01 between 9am-5pm.

SAAW is a week of fun and educational programs geared toward raising the awareness of dangerous drinking habits at the University. It is held every year during the week before the last home football game. The programs cover a wide range of topics, including facts about alcohol and drug abuse, treatment of problem behavior, and tips on how to have responsibility for oneself and others.


Safe Spring Break

Safe Spring Break activities are designed to encourage students to stay safe and responsible during the break. ADAPT sponsors flyers, ads, and staffed awareness tables to distribute information and free Spring Break Kits.


Impaired Driving Prevention at the Spring Foxfield Races


ADAPT efforts to prevent impaired driving at the Foxfield Races were recognized as a model program in the Bacchus and Gamma “Along These Lines” Impaired Driving Prevention Programming Manual and Resource Guide.  In 2011, the Foxfield education program was recognized by the National Organizations for Youth Safety as the 2nd best program held as part of National Youth Traffic Safety Month. 

View a PDF of the ADAPT presentation on Foxfield Collaboration at the 2012 Bacchus Network General Assembly

View a detailed description of this program