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March 22, 2013


Alcohol Prevention Awareness Month 2013: ‘Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow’

April is Alcohol Prevention Awareness Month. The Fort McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) will participate in the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) Inc. Alcohol Prevention Awareness celebration, which has the theme, “Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow,” throughout the month.
PHOTO: Gail Zuege (right), a drug test technician for the Fort McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program talks to Soldiers about the upcoming Alcohol Awareness Prevention Month. Photo by Rob Schuette
Gail Zuege (right), a drug test technician for the Fort McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program, talks to Staff Sgt. Matt Lawson of the 300th Sustainment Brigade of Dallas and Sgt. John Roloson of the Fort McCoy Garrison Headquarters and Headquarters Company, who also is a unit prevention officer, about the upcoming Alcohol Awareness Prevention Month.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)

Events offered during April include an Alcohol-Free Weekend from April 5-7, the National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD) April 11 and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Take Back Prescription Day April 27.

During the Alcohol-Free Weekend event, NCADD extends an open invitation to all Americans to engage in three alcohol-free days. Parents and other adults are encouraged to abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages for a 72-hour period to demonstrate that alcohol is not necessary to have a good time.

NASD provides an outreach, education, and screening program that raises awareness about alcohol misuse and refers individuals with alcohol problems for further treatment.

Soldiers and civilians in the Fort McCoy community can visit the installation ASAP kiosk at McCoy’s, building 1571, Thursday, April 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for NASD activities, which include handouts. Free IQ Alcohol Screening Day water bottles will be available to those who complete a confidential alcohol assessment.

The NASD will inform, educate and raise awareness about the dangers of at-risk drinking, and features the very popular Drinking IQ campaign. Goals are to reduce the stigma of alcohol abuse, raise awareness, and connect those in need of help to the proper resources available. Participants are encouraged to assess whether their drinking is having a negative effect on their lives or the lives of their loved ones. Military Pathways online alcohol abuse screening can help determine the next steps.

The DEA has scheduled a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day for Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event provides an opportunity for those who missed the previous events or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted and unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

For drop off locations call the Sparta Police Department at 608-269-3122, or the Tomah Police Department at 608-374-7400.

In the four previous Take-Back events, DEA, in conjunction with state, local, and tribal law-enforcement partners, has collected more than 2 million pounds (1,018 tons) of prescription medications and removed them from circulation.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications.

More information about alcohol prevention is available at the following websites: www.ncadd.org; www.aa.org; www.dea.gov; www.mentalhealthscreening.org.

Websites with alcohol abuse screening information are available at www.acsap.army.mil; www.nhtsa.org; www.MilitaryPathways.org; and http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov.

For more information about events planned for National Alcohol Awareness Month in the Fort McCoy community, contact Gail R. Zuege, Drug Test Technician, Directorate of Human Resources/Drug Test Coordinator, by calling 608-388-5955, or send e-mails to gail.r.zuege.civ@mail.mil at the installation ASAP.

(See related story.)

(Submitted by the Fort McCoy Army Substance Abuse Program.)

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