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Mission Statement

MissionThe BACCHUS Network™ is a university and community based network focusing on comprehensive health and safety initiatives. It is the mission of this 501(C)(3) non-profit organization to actively promote student and young adult based, campus and community-wide leadership on healthy and safe lifestyle decisions concerning alcohol abuse, tobacco use, illegal drug use, unhealthy sexual practices and other high-risk behaviors. The organization will devote the substantial portion of its resources and activities to:


Affiliates with our Network are concerned with the health of their students, their institution and their community. Students of all ages are faced with making personal decisions about health and safety. Developing positive decision-making skills impacts student life and prepares students to enter the real world and the greater community to promote healthy and safe lifestyles. BACCHUS promotes respect for state laws and support for campus policies that address high-risk behaviors that compromise health and safety.

The BACCHUS philosophy is that students can play a uniquely effective role - unmatched by professional educators - in encouraging their peers to consider, talk honestly about and develop responsible habits and attitudes toward high-risk health and safety issues.

Our organization now hosts four sites to assist you in your prevention efforts. bacchusnetwork.org contains information about our organization's activities, services, conferences, campaigns and resource materials. smartersex.org addresses sexual health, features an "Ask the Sexpert" area, and offers complete information on STI's, HIV, abstinence and birth control. tobaccofreeU.org addresses complete information on tobacco control, prevention, and cessation. friendsdrivesober.org is the newest edition to the Network, and primarily focuses on impaired driving prevention and highway safety.

With more than 32,000 student leaders and advisors impacting over 8 million peers on more than 320 member campuses throughout North America, The BACCHUS Network™ can support your efforts in developing peer education programs on health and safety issues. From start to finish, we provide resources in a large selection of student-friendly training programs, programming manuals, posters, pamphlets, The Peer Educator™ magazine, and a series of comprehensive web sites.