Alcohol Programs

Our programs promote safety and responsibility if you choose to drink.


Students Only Driving Absolutely Sober (SODAS)

SODAS promotes designated drivers.

When you sign the pledge not to drink if you are the designated driver, you receive a green bracelet, which is good for free soda at participating bars and restaurants if you are sober and driving someone who is drinking.

This program is open to any Northern Arizona University student, even those under 21. Sign up in the Health Promotion office in the Health and Learning Center.

Bars and restaurants participating in this program include
  • 1899 Bar and Grill
  • Big Foot BBQ
  • Charly’s Pub and Grill
  • Chili's
  • Collin’s Irish Pub
  • Flagstaff Brewing Company
  • Hops on Birch
  • Hotel Monte Vista
  • Monsoons
  • Native New Yorker
  • Taverna Greek Grill
SODAS frequently asked questions


Q: Can I go to the bars if I’m not 21 yet?

A: No, but you can go to the five restaurants in the program—1899, Big Foot BBQ, Chili's, Native New Yorker, and Taverna


Q: Who will I be driving?

A: You only need to drive your friends, people you would normally be going out with. You don’t have to taxi around strangers.


Q: Can I get free alcoholic drinks?

A: No, just soda or other non-alcoholic drinks


Q: Can I get any other free things besides soda?

A: At 1899, if you have your bracelet and are driving someone who is drinking, you can get a free appetizer. We also raffle off prizes throughout the semester as a thank you to the students who have taken the pledge.


Q: Do I have to pay for the bracelets?

A: No, the SODAS program is sponsored by the NAU Health Promotion Office.


Q: Can I use the bracelet again in the future?

A: Yes, SODAS starts at the beginning of each semester.


Q: What does the bracelet look like?

A: Like this:


Be a sober designated driver

Q: Why are you doing this?

A: Because we support healthy decisions and want to thank students who are helping their friends stay safe.



Red Cup Check Up (RCCU)

Worried about a friend’s drinking habits?

Learn more about RCCU

What is RCCU?

RCCU stands for Red Cup Check Up.  It is a brief alcohol-screening event, which assesses students’ risk based on their reported drinking behaviors.   Students complete a short alcohol survey and trained personnel from the Health Promotion Office score it. Nonjudgmental feedback is provided about individual risk level.  No judging here!  Risk reduction tips and resources are provided and you do the rest.  Responses are completely confidential.

When and where is RCCU?

The Health Promotion office holds RCCU events throughout each semester.  The best way to find out when events take place is to check the Health Promotion calendar of events.

RCCU events will be held during a national Brief Alcohol Screening Day.  The events will take place on April 11th 2013.

Why should you schedule a RCCU event?

It’s a great, simple way to do some alcohol education.  It’s not a lecture and it only takes a few minutes!  RCCU and Brief Alcohol Screening Day will raise students’ awareness of their own drinking habits and promote risk reduction strategies.  RCCU can also be combined with a Stressbusters event!



 The Buzz

Tired of listening to lectures?

Learn more about the Buzz

What is The Buzz?

The Buzz is a fun and interactive way to learn how to reduce the risks associated with alcohol use and encourages students to make healthier drinking choices.  This game-based presentation allows everyone to share information, including supporting facts and questioning myths about alcohol.   It is lecture free, and everyone gets to play!

Who will benefit from The Buzz?

Everyone!  This program is made for all college students.

How do I request The Buzz?

It’s easy!  You just fill out a request form and submit it.  We will contact you soon to set up the details.

What do I need to know about The Buzz?

There is a maximum of 25 people per session.  Small groups allow for more interaction.  The presentation will last between 45 minutes to 1.5 hours.

Who came up with The Buzz?

The program was started at U of A by Spencer Gorin and has become a great success.