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NIAAA Sponsors First-Ever National Alcohol Screening Day

You have no doubt heard of being screened for high cholesterol. And breast cancer. And high blood pressure. But for alcohol-related problems? On Thursday, Apr. 8, the answer will be yes.

To draw attention to the enormous problem of alcohol, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, in conjunction with the National Mental Illness Screening Project, will sponsor the first-ever National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD) on Apr. 8. Nearly 1,700 sites across the country have registered as screening places; of those, 480 are college campuses. According to Dr. Enoch Gordis, NIAAA director, "This new education and outreach program is expected to attract more than 60,000 people in its first year. We anticipate NASD becoming an annual event."

Modeled after the successful Depression Screening Day, NASD is designed to educate the public about the symptoms of and effective treatments for alcohol problems, offer individuals the opportunity to be screened in a confidential setting for alcohol use disorders and other types of alcohol problems, and to connect those in need with available treatments.

At the screening sites, participants will hear an educational presentation about alcohol, complete a written screening questionnaire, and talk one-on-one with a health professional. Referrals to treatment facilities will be provided when appropriate. The screenings are free and anonymous. On the NIH campus, the screening site will be located in Bldg. 10, Rm. 1C254 from 6:30 to 9 a.m. and from noon to 5 p.m. To locate other screening sites in the Washington, D.C., area, call the NASD locator line at 1-800-636-7800.

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