March 10, 2006
Cowley College to participate in National Alcohol Screening Day on April 6
In an effort to address drinking on campus, Cowley College will participate in National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD) on April 6.
NASD is a one-day education and screening event designed to raise awareness on how alcohol affects health and academic performance; help individuals evaluate their alcohol use; and provide referrals to local treatment and support resources for those who need further evaluation. The college component of NASD targets students who are risky drinkers, with a focus on binge drinking.
As part of the screening event, students can take an anonymous, written self-test, pick up educational brochures on the dangers of alcohol abuse, and talk one-on-one with a health professional. If appropriate, students will be directed to support or treatment services on campus. Screenings will be held at the McAtee Dining Center at 206 South 4th Street from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
“The focus of National Alcohol Screening Day is to give students the facts they need to figure out how much alcohol is too much,” Cowley College Student Life Counselor Roy Reynolds said. “Many students do not realize the potential costs of at-risk drinking, the signs of alcohol poisoning, or how even a moderate amount of alcohol can interact with common medications and affect academic or athletic performance.”
National Alcohol Screening Day is a program of the nonprofit Screening for Mental Health (SMH), funded in part by an educational grant from Cephalon & Alkermes. For additional information about alcohol or the screening program, visit www.NationalAlcoholScreeningDay.org or contact Roy Reynolds at 620-441-5228.