FLORENCE---National Alcohol Screening Day will be held at Francis Marion University Thursday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Smith University Center.
This brief self-assessment 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 have the opportunity to see a video on the effects and dangers of alcohol abuse and to talk one-on-one with a health professional and, if appropriate, will be directed to support services on campus.
Although statistics indicate that college drinking is down from a decade ago, recent studies show that risky or what has commonly been termed as binge drinking—five or more drinks in one sitting for men, four for women—has increased over the past 10 years.
“The purpose of National Alcohol Screening Day is to educate students about the impact and dangers of alcohol,” said Yulandra Heyward of FMU’s Counseling and Testing Center. “This event teaches students how to recognize a drinking problem, where to go for help if you are concerned about yourself or a friend, and how long term alcohol abuse can affect your mind and body.”
Alcohol abuse and risky drinking can cause more than just a nagging hangover. Other dangers associated with alcohol abuse include property damage, disciplinary problems, date rape, risky sexual behavior, poor academic performance, physical injury, illness and even death.
“Drinking during the college years is often seen as a rite of passage,” said Brad Tedder of Circle Park Prevention Services. “It can be difficult to determine whether or not a friend has a serious problem and even more difficult to get a friend to admit they have a problem.”
The Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Task Force of Circle Park Prevention Services and the FMU Athletic Department are sponsoring the campus screening program.
For more information, contact FMU’s Counseling and Testing Center at 673-9706 or Circle Park Prevention Services at 669-8087.
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