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Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT)

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.


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. 

Applications are due FRIDAY, March 20 at 11:59pm.  Click HERE to submit your application online.  Questions?  E-mail


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. Please note that the last day to submit a program request for the spring 2015 semester is APRIL 20.  If you have questions about your submission, please email the ADAPT program chair at

Download the brochure or browse this page to learn more about ADAPT!


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 25, 2014.


Halloween Awareness Campaign

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

Reverse Trick-or-Treating

ADAPT and One Less will be handing out free cups of Halloween candy to students!  The first 500 students who sign the pledge to be an active bystander this Halloween will receive a light-up wand.

  • Monday 10/27, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in front of Student Health
  • Tuesday 10/28, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at O-Hill
  • Wednesday 10/29, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on the Lawn
  • Thursday 10/305:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at O-Hill
  • Friday 10/31, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in front of Student Health

Take the Halloween Pledge:

On my honor, as a UVA student, I pledge to take care of my friends this Halloween by:

  • recognizing my role as a bystander and intervening where I can, but knowing my limits and getting help from others when necessary;   
  • knowing the PUBS signs of alcohol overdose;
  • keeping emergency numbers available and using them in an emergency situation;  
  • doing everything I can to make sure my friends get home safely;

Have a Safe Halloween!

  • Carry an ID
  • Stay with friends
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Eat before and while drinking
  • Set a drink limit and stick to it
  • Charge-a-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 isn't flammable (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).

  Substance Abuse Prevention Week

In the weeks leading up to the last home football game at U.Va., ADAPT coordinates a number of events to prevention alcohol and other substance abuse and promote safe drinking habits among all students.

The first 500 fourth-year students who sign the I’ll Remember The Game pledge will receive a free long-sleeve tee and stadium cup. Pledge forms are available at all events and presentations, and at the Gordie Center (lower level of Student Health - 400 Brandon Ave.) November 18-21 between 9am-5pm.

Click HERE for the full schedule.








Safe Spring Break


Take ADAPT's Work Hard, Play Smart pledge by clicking HERE.



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. 

Tabling Schedule 2015


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Newcomb 2nd floor

Newcomb 2nd Floor

Newcomb 2nd Floor


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