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Addictions Studies Sponsors Alcohol Screening Day

Date: April 17, 2002
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Photo by Dottie Stover
Archive: General News

The University of Cincinnati's Addictions Studies Program raised a new campus-wide awareness of the dangers of excessive drinking, as the program provided free, anonymous education and screening as part of National Alcohol Screening Day April 11. The program offered valuable information to the campus community and to the public as part of April's Alcohol Awareness Month. UC was one of approximately 2,000 screening sites across the nation.

Lawrence Anthony, director of the Addictions Studies Program under the College of Evening and Continuing Education, says 237 students stopped by for information. Anthony says 150 of them were "walkthroughs" seeking information about alcoholism, binge drinking and treatment resources. In addition, Anthony says 87 students took the screening test. The test held questions such as: how often people had an alcoholic beverage; how many drinks do they have on one occasion; how often do they feel guilty after drinking; if they have a relative with a drinking problem; and if they have ever been asked to cut back on their drinking. Lawrence Anthony

Anthony says the efforts of addictions studies program coordinator Brenda Smith helped make the UC screening day a success. UC collaborated with the local Counsel on Alcoholism for the program, and graduate students in the criminal justice/addictions studies program volunteered for training to assist in the screenings and to refer people to local agencies. UC's Psychological Services also participated in assistance and in raising campus awareness about the free screenings.

"We found some interesting early results," says Anthony. "Based on early results of the screenings, the youngest students were showing the highest probability of engaging in binge drinking. Part of that might could be due to being away from home for the first time and experiencing their own autonomy."

Anthony adds awareness at this age is extremely important. Statistics show that the younger people start engaging in excessive drinking, the more likely they'll be battling a drinking problem as they get older.

"We believe the effort generated a tremendous awareness on campus, and we hope CECE has not only contributed to awareness of the problem of binge drinking, but also is assisting the university's efforts at actively addressing an issue that affects college campuses around the nation. I hope to get more people involved in that effort, especially the students," says Anthony.

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