Alcohol Awareness Month: National Alcohol Screening Day - Sovereign Health Group
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04-07-16 Category: Substance Abuse, Treatment

Alcohol Awareness Month

National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD) takes place on the first Thursday in April. The first NASD took place in 1999. It is the brainchild of the National Institutes of Health. The first NASD attracted over 50,000 people at 1,500 screening locations across the country. According to Screening for Mental Health, one of the promoters, the goal is simple: raise awareness about harmful and dependent drinking behaviors and connect individuals who are at risk with treatment options.

What to expect

According to Screening for Mental Health, in-person screenings or online self-assessments ask the same basic questions regarding alcohol consumption. The screenings take three minutes. Onsite proctors will discuss the results and make suggestions depending on the screening results. At the end of an online assessment, the assesse will be provided links to resources for problem drinking or alcoholism.

Screenings for Mental Health notes colleges, universities and community organizations across the country will conduct online screenings for students and community members. Other organizations will host in-person screenings April 7th (this year’s NSAD) and throughout the month.

Self-assessments

Anyone concerned about his or her drinking can take an online self-assessment test. Promoters of NSAD encourage everyone to take an assessment, if only to learn more about alcohol and its effects.

These tests provide a baseline for drinking behavior. They should not be used to diagnosis problem drinking or alcoholism. What follows is a partial list:

Each assessment pairs consumption with behavior and outcomes. A myriad of conditions factor into the tipping point between excessive drinking and alcoholism. These include gender, weight, metabolism, genetics, etc. Major life changes, such as job loss, divorce or the death of a loved one can also provide the impetus for a social drinker to turn alcoholic. Assessments also provide the assessee with cautionary “yets” (i.e. this has not happened, yet; I’m not that bad, yet; I don’t behave that way, yet; I haven’t gone to jail, yet; I haven’t killed anyone, yet).

Sovereign Health Group is an industry leader in treating substance abuse, mental health problems, eating disorders and co-occurring disorders. Our philosophy is simple: we treat anyone who wants and needs help. If the results of your self-assessment provide a sobering wake-up call, then call our 27/7 helpline.

Follow this series

Check back regularly for updates all through April on our Alcohol Awareness Month coverage at SovCal.com and Facebook. You can also follow us on Twitter and track the discussion by searching for #AlcoholAwareness, #AlcoholScreeningDay and #SovTalk.

About the author

Darren Fraser is a content writer for Sovereign Health Group. He worked two and half years as reporter and researcher for The Yomiuri Shimbun until they realized he did not read, speak or write Japanese and fired him. Undeterred, he channels his love of research into unearthing stories that provide hope to those dealing with addiction and mental illness. Darren loves the Montreal Canadiens hockey club and horror films and would prefer to enjoy these from the comforts of his family’s farm in Quebec. For more information about this media, contact the author at news@sovhealth.com.

The dangers of alcohol

Alcohol poses a lot risks that can harm both the body and mind. Do you know the consequences of excessive drinking?

Can drinking too much cause cancer?

Yes

No

Can drinking too much harm reproduction?

Yes

No

Can drinking too much cause hair loss?

Yes

No

Can drinking too much cause job loss?

Yes

No

Now you know!

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Way to be on the ball!

Alcohol, when consumed responsibly, can add some fun to a weekend with family or friends. Not keeping an eye on it or seeing it as harmless can lead toward any of the possibilities outlined in the questions.
Do you wonder how much others drink in comparison to yourself? Check out our poll: http://www.riddle.com/a/58432.
Share this quiz and help others find out about the dangers of alcohol.

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