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Alcohol awareness screening 
event to be held April 10

      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.

Alcohol abuse

      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.

Warning Signs

      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 sad?

  • Does your drinking ever make you late for work?

  • Does your drinking worry your family?

  • Do you ever drink after telling yourself you won't?

  • Do you ever forget what you did while drinking?

  • Do you get headaches or have a hangover after drinking?

      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) 388-2441/5955.

(Information in this story is from the Fort McCoy Directorate of Human Resources/Directorate of Morale, Welfare and Recreation.)


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