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April 13, 2012

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Post’s Army Substance Abuse Program has successful National Alcohol Screening Day

During National Alcohol Screening Day — NASD — more than 100 individuals in the Fort McCoy community completed the “The Anonymous Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT).”
PHOTO: Gail R. Zuege, ASAP/DHR drug test technician and prevention coordinator, explains the NASD self-assessment AUDIT at McCoy’s as part of National Alcohol Screening Day events. Photo by Rob Schuette
Gail R. Zuege, ASAP/DHR drug test technician and prevention coordinator, explains the NASD self-assessment AUDIT at McCoy’s as part of National Alcohol Screening Day events. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

NASD is designed to inform, educate and raise awareness about the dangers of at-risk drinking through anonymous in-person, online and telephone self-assessments.

Goals of the anonymous NASD, with the simple 10-question AUDIT, are to reduce stigma, raise awareness about alcohol abuse, and connect those in need of help to the proper resources available.

AUDIT questions seek information about respondent’s drinking, functioning after having drinks and attitude to alcohol. The questionnaire is scored on a basis of zero to 16 points and above, with zero being no problems with drinking alcohol and 16 points and above meaning drinking alcohol could be causing problems in a respondent’s life.

The NASD online screening program includes an easily accessible online screening page. Immediate screening feedback is available and may be downloaded to take to a healthcare provider.

Screening also
can be done via telephone

The National Alcohol Screening Day telephone screening program includes a dedicated number with automated, anonymous screening and organization-specific referral message directing callers to appropriate resources at 781-239-0071.

Screenings and educational materials are available in English and Spanish.

In addition links are available to relevant mental health information and resources and with downloadable educational and promotional materials. Screenings are available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Learn about the online screening features and take a sample screening at workplace@mentalhealthscreening.org.

Employees also can access the online NASD Self-assessment on the Fort McCoy Corporate Net under the banner for Alcohol Screening Day.

Visit the display at McCoy’s, building 1571, throughout April, Alcohol Awareness Month. Educational handouts, prevention and motivational materials available to help participants remember the NASD message include; camouflage water bottles, drinking IQ water bottles, That Guy playing cards, Frisbees, and coasters.

No endorsement is implied

Participation in the AUDIT will assist the (DHR) Army Substance Abuse Program, Fort McCoy, and the Army Center for Substance Abuse, ACSAP, Fort Knox, Ky.

Further information on alcohol prevention programs also can be found at www.acsap.army.mil.
 
Contact Gail R. Zuege, DHR/Army Substance Abuse Program, drug test technician and prevention coordinator, at (608) 388-5955 or e-mail at gail.r.zuege.civ@mail.mil for further information.

(Submitted by Fort McCoy DHR/ASAP.)

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