Fort McCoy will observe the National Alcohol Screening Day
(NASD) with a free screening event Thursday, April 10 at the
Occupational Health and Nursing Office (OHNO), building 1679, at Fort
McCoy. The event is open to Soldiers and federal civilian personnel in
the Fort McCoy work force and their family members.
The event is held in conjunction with April being Alcohol
Awareness Month, said Eric Pedersen, Fort McCoy Employee Assistance
Program Coordinator and Prevention Coordinator for the Directorate of
Human Resources/Directorate of Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
Health professionals from the Fort McCoy Troop Medical Clinic
will provide assistance and be available for one-on-one meetings with
Soldiers and their family members to discuss any concerns.
Health professionals from OHNO will assist civilian employees
and their family members and be available for one-on-one meetings to
discuss any concerns.
All screenings will be done confidentially.
Participants at the screening site can view an educational
presentation and pick up educational materials, such as a
questionnaire that screens them for risky drinking and dependence.
Last year, more than 203,000 people participated in NASD activities at
more than 5,400 screening sites nationwide.
Pedersen said alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence are serious
problems in the United States.
To recognize the seriousness of alcohol abuse and alcohol
dependence, April is designated Alcohol Awareness Month annually by
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Alcohol abuse is defined as any drinking that harms or
endangers the drinker or other people, Pedersen said.
Alcohol dependence is a disease that also is known as
alcoholism. Alcohol abuse is correlated to many high-risk behaviors,
and many of these behaviors can and do lead to death.
More information about NASD is available at the Web site http://www.nationalalcoholscreeningday.org/events/nasd.
Personnel who are susceptible to alcohol abuse or may
experience problems often display the following characteristics,
according to "How to Cut Down on Your Drinking," a
publication from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and
Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health (NIAAA NIH).
If you answer "yes" to any of the following
questions, you may have a problem with alcohol abuse:
Do you drink alone when you feel angry or
Does your drinking ever make you late for
Does your drinking worry your family?
Do you ever drink after telling yourself
Do you ever forget what you did while
Do you get headaches or have a hangover
The publication "How to Cut Down on Your Drinking" is
available at the Web site http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/handout.htm.
It includes goals, diaries and tips.
For more information about alcohol abuse prevention and Alcohol
Awareness Month in the Fort McCoy community, call Pedersen at (608)
(Information in this story is from the Fort
McCoy Directorate of Human Resources/Directorate of Morale, Welfare