The issue of alcohol dependency touches people of all age groups and all
walks of life. On
National Alcohol Screening Day, screening centers open across the country on college campuses and military
bases and in some government offices and businesses. Held on the Thursday
of the first full week of April every year, National Alcohol Screening
Day raises awareness about alcohol dependency and helps people take the
first step towards getting the health they need. Here is a look at some
of the details of this important occasion.
What is the history of National Alcohol Screening Day?
National Alcohol Screening Day was launched in 1999 by the National Institutes
of Health. It is sponsored by Screening for Mental Health. Since its inception,
it has grown into a nationwide, annual event held in both large and small
communities. The events focus on education about alcohol use, signs of
alcohol dependency, and treatment options. It is designed for all age
groups who are at risk of developing dangerous drinking habits and is
one of the largest community outreach programs in the country dedicated
to alcohol addiction.
What is the screening test?
Participants in National Alcohol Screening Day events can take an anonymous,
confidential screening test that can help to identify signs of alcohol
dependency or risky drinking behaviors. The test is also
available online. Resources are available to assist people who are concerned about the
results of their screenings connection with physicians and rehab facilities
who can help them further explore their drinking behaviors and get treatment
for dependency, when necessary.
How can I get involved?
Attend a screening event in your community to get involved. You can also
share events and information about the day on social media. You can also
talk to your family and friends about healthy drinking habits and get
them to take a screening test along with you.
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