Do you think your drinking habits are safe? It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your health, and the nonprofit organization Screening for Mental Health is offering online screening for possible alcohol problems during April, which is Alcohol Awareness Month.
Specifically, April 5 is National Alcohol Screening Day, and people are invited to go online or attend planned screening events in order to address any possible issues with alcohol.
According to the Screening for Mental Health website, “National Alcohol Screening Day is an outreach, education, and screening program that raises awareness about alcohol misuse and refers individuals with alcohol problems for further treatment.”
Participants can take an anonymous survey that helps determine if they might need to see a professional about drinking issues. If results show that a possible intervention is needed, these concerns are addressed via a video recording, where participants are encouraged to seek out professional help for any drinking problems.
The “video doctor” also talks about complications associated with drinking. The video doctor also asks further questions about the participant’s relationship with alcohol and the possibility of addressing issues.
For people interested in taking the specific alcohol screening, they can go to the website www.howdoyouscore.org/
Otherwise, you can also find the alcohol screening or other mental health screenings (depression and eating disorders) through the general website at www.mentalhealthscreening.org/
All online screening programs are available at any time of year, although specific months feature different programs and events.
“The goal of this program is to get individuals to think about how, when and why they drink,” according to a press release on National Alcohol Screening Day.
“Not everyone who scores positive on the assessment requires treatment, but research shows that screening can be a useful tool in getting people to cut back on their alcohol use.”