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Promoting Alcohol Awareness, Dangers Part of National Screening Day Event

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Student Health Services and Student Counseling Services at The University of Southern Mississippi aim to raise awareness about the dangers of excessive drinking with a National Alcohol Screening Day event set for Thursday, April 7 on the Hattiesburg campus.

The program is scheduled for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Union Building. National Alcohol Screening Day is held annually on the first Thursday in April. The event is sponsored by nearly 1,000 colleges and universities, community-based organizations and military installations worldwide each year.

Two screenings – handwritten and online – will be conducted by representatives from Student Counseling Services. Both are anonymous and will include questions about how often one drinks; how much one drinks and whether or not drinking has interfered in one’s life in any way. Once the screening has been completed, counselors will provide confidential feedback and recommendations based upon the answers.

“We will provide educational material about the effects of alcohol and screens to help determine if alcohol is significantly affecting your life,” said Southern Miss mental health counselor Matthew Quin. “In addition we will offer resources to students if they feel they might need help with any alcohol-related problem in their life or just want to ask questions.”

According to a recent study by Columbia University in New York, the number of college students binge drinking and abusing drugs has gotten progressively worse over the past decade. The report found that almost half of full-time college students binge drink, abuse prescription drugs or abuse illegal drugs.

Southern Miss students who participate in the alcohol screening will be eligible for a drawing that includes gift cards to area merchants.

For more information contact Student Health Services at 601.266.5390 or Student Counseling Services at 601.266.4829.