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UW-Eau Claire to Participate
In National Alcohol Screening Day, April 11
MAILED: April 2, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students can learn important information on how alcohol can affect their lives on National Alcohol Screening Day, April 11.
Students will have the opportunity to get their "drinking score," a brief self-assessment that asks students about their drinking habits and if their behaviors have changed due to their drinking. In addition to taking the anonymous, written self-test, students will hear an educational presentation on the effects and dangers of alcohol abuse, and have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with trained peer counselors and professional counseling staff, and, if appropriate, will be directed to support or treatment services on campus.
Screenings will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 11 in the Davies Center West Lobby and at other campus locations to be announced. Peer counselors will administer the screening test. Members of the campus social Greek organizations, including Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Zeta and Sigma Sigma Sigma sororities and Alpha Kappa Lambda, Delta Sigma Phi, Phi Gamma Delta and Phi Sigma Phi fraternities, will help administer the booth.
UW-Eau Claire also is participating in a year round customized online screening program, funded by the Inter-Greek Council. Students can access the online screening from the Counseling Services' Web site.
Counseling Services Director P.J. Kennedy said the purpose of National Alcohol Screening Day is to educate students about the impact and dangers of alcohol.
"While we know the majority of UW-Eau Claire students are making healthy choices when it comes to alcohol use, alcohol is still a top health issue for students," Kennedy said. "National Alcohol Screening Day teaches students how to recognize a drinking problem, where you can go for help if you're concerned about yourself or a friend, and how abusing alcohol can affect your mind and body."
Kennedy said dangers associated with alcohol abuse and risky drinking include property damage, disciplinary problems, date rape, risky sexual behavior, poor academic performance, physical injury, illness and even death.
"Drinking during college is often seen as a rite of passage," Kennedy said. "It can be difficult to determine whether a friend has a serious problem and even more difficult to get a friend to admit they have a problem. To address this issue, NASD 2002 has an educational component that teaches friends and family members how to recognize if a loved one is abusing alcohol and how to get them the help they need."
In 1999, a national study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health reported that two of five students (44 percent) were binge or risky drinkers. NASD teaches students the warning signs associated with alcohol abuse. Some warning signs include:
Acting more interested in alcohol than in relationships, sports or classes.
Getting low grades or missing classes because of drinking.
Acting like a different person when drinking at parties.
Getting mad or upset if asked about drinking.
For additional information about alcohol or the screening program, go to www.mentalhealthscreening.org or the UW-Eau Claire Counseling Services' Web site, call Counseling Services at (715) 836-5515, or call Health Services Alcohol Education Coordinator Sarah Harvieux at (715) 836-2001.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: April 2, 2002