Health care professionals at more than 1200 sites stand ready to educate
the public about signs and symptoms of alcohol problems during the third annual
National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD) today, Thursday, 05 April 2001.
Individuals concerned about their drinking or that of another may access
free, confidential screening and research-based alcohol information at college
and community health and counseling centers, hospitals, and clinics across
the country. The health care professionals will discuss the clinical disorders
alcohol abuse and alcoholism, as well as high-risk drinking, and help NASD
participants to recognize indications of such problems.
Each site also will offer a brief, anonymous, self-administered screening
test, consultation with a health professional, and referral to local resources
for those in need of formal evaluation and possible treatment.
"National Alcohol Screening Day gives individuals the opportunity to
explore whether alcohol is a problem and puts them in direct contact with
resources that offer solutions," said Enoch Gordis, M.D., Director, National
Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). "For at least one
day each year, NASD also encourages our entire society to face alcohol problems
NASD is a program of the nonprofit Screening for Mental Health, Inc., in
partnership with the NIAAA and two components of the Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
(CSAT) and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP).
"This activity offers a great opportunity for people to assess their
level of alcohol consumption and determine if they have a problem," said
CSAT Director H. Westley Clark, M.D., J.D. "NASD provides an excellent
example of the way that CSAT regularly 'partners' with local communities to
disseminate information about substance use."
"In our ongoing prevention efforts, National Alcohol Screening Day is
a wonderful springboard to provide information and to educate people about
alcohol problems," said CSAP Director Ruth Sanchez-Way, Ph.D.
Persons who wish to participate may call 1-800-405-9200 to determine
a nearby site. The toll-free site locator line is operational 24 hours a day.
Sponsors of the 2001 event are:
Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
American Academy of Physician Assistants
American Council on Alcoholism
American Medical Association
American Osteopathic Association
American Psychiatric Association
American Psychological Association and its
College of Professional Psychology
American Society of Addiction Medicine
College Parents of America
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America
Higher Education Center for Alcohol &
Other Drug Prevention (funded by the U.S. Depart. of Education)
Mothers Against Drunk Driving
National Association of Alcoholism and Drug
National Association for Children of
National Association of Psychiatric Health
National Center for Farmworker Health
National Collegiate Athletic Association
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
National Interfraternity Conference
National Mental Health Association
National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
National Panhellenic Conference
Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
about alcohol research, please contact 301-443-3860 or visit
For information about alcohol
treatment and prevention services, please visit http://www.samhsa.gov
For additional information about NASD contact Screening
for Mental Health (781-239-0071), visit http://www.mentalhealthscreening.org,
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.