CONTACT: TOM MOORE
8788 John Pappajohn Pavilion
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Release: March 31, 2000
National Alcohol Screening Day is April 6
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa Behavioral Health and UI Faculty and
Staff Services will offer free, anonymous screenings for alcohol problems
as part of National Alcohol Screening Day, Thursday, April 6.
The free screenings will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Room 5003 in Boyd
Tower at the UI Hospitals and Clinics, and at Faculty and Staff Services in
Room 121 in the University Services Building. For more information or to schedule
a confidential appointment, call UI Health Access at (319) 384-8442.
National Alcohol Screening Day, held in April as part of Alcohol Awareness
Month, is a program of the nonprofit Screening for Mental Health in partnership
with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). It will be held across the country
at approximately 1,500 screening sites, including hospitals, alcohol and addiction
treatment centers, and colleges.
Participants at these screening sites will have the opportunity to complete
a written self-test and talk one-on-one with a health professional. An educational
video, pamphlets, brochures and flyers will be available, as well as referrals
to local treatment programs and support resources for those who need further
Enoch Gordis, M.D., director of the NIAAA, said, "One of America's
most profound and persistent health problems, alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence
cost society $185 billion each year. Nearly 14 million people in the United
States -- one in every 13 adults -- have an alcohol disorder. We hope that
the second annual National Alcohol Screening Day will help to increase public
understanding of alcohol abuse and alcoholism as clinical disorders that can
H. Westley Clark, M.D., director of the CSAT, explained, "It is important
for individuals to know about the negative effects of problem drinking. Excessive
alcohol use raises the risk of stroke, heart disease, suicides and birth defects,
and leads to a large proportion of unintentional deaths from falls, burns
and drowning. This program is an excellent vehicle for individuals and families
who have questions about problem drinking and all of its adverse effects.
National Alcohol Screening Day is aimed at the general community and all
are invited to attend. The program is designed to educate the public about
alcohol problems and offer those who may be struggling with a problem with
alcohol an avenue to seek help. Based on the model used for the successful
National Depression Screening Day, the program aims to help people in a non-threatening
manner, is easily accessible and offers direct connection with treatment resources
in the community.
For additional information, contact Mary Ann Miller at (319) 384-8765 or
Joan Rinner at (319) 335-2085.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care,
medical education and research programs and services they provide.