The Straight Up About Alcohol

National screening day will provide information on drinking and health

WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2003 (HealthDayNews) -- A national screening day focusing on alcohol and health will be held April 10 at almost 4,000 sites across the United States.

The National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD) sites will provide free, anonymous screening for alcohol problems and information about the health consequences of drinking behaviors that put people at increased risk for alcohol abuse and alcoholism.

People will also have the opportunity to discuss personal drinking risk with a health professional. If appropriate, they will be given a referral to an alcohol treatment program.

Screening sites will include doctors' offices, hospitals, community centers, senior programs and almost 1,000 colleges and universities.

NASD is a program of the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Screening for Mental Health Inc. and their partners.

Here's where you can go to find the your local NASD site. Or you can phone 1-800-405-9200.

"As many as one-third of Americans may engage in drinking practices that place them at heightened risk for the medical disorders alcohol dependence (alcoholism) and alcohol abuse," Dr. Ting-Kai Li, NIAAA director, says in a news release.

"Others unknowingly use alcohol in ways that pose risks to health -- perhaps by drinking during pregnancy or while using a medication that interacts harmfully with alcohol," Li adds.

More information

Here's where you can learn more about alcohol abuse and alcoholism.

SOURCE: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, news release, April 2, 2003
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