By Rita Baugh, Employee Assistance Program Coordinator, U.S. Army Garrison-Rock Island ArsenalJune 1, 2011
Man, what are you drinking? Or more importantly, how much?
If you are like many men, you may drink alcohol occasionally. Or, like others, you may drink moderate amounts of alcohol on a regular basis. But did you know that drinking more than the moderate levels -even occasionally- may put you at risk for serious health problems?
Although alcohol affects everyone differently, excessive drinking can negatively affect a man's health regardless of age, race, marital status, income level, profession, or lifestyle. Common medical problems that can be caused by excessive drinking include heart disease, arthritis, liver cirrhosis, high blood pressure and various cancers.
In support of National Men's Health Week®, June 13-19, the Rock Island Arsenal Employee Assistance Program invites you to take advantage of free, anonymous online mental health self-assessments for alcohol problems, depression, and anxiety disorders. Please visit www.mentalhealthscreening.org/screening and enter keyword ASAP to complete a simple online questionnaire. You will receive immediate, customized feedback as well as the opportunity to schedule an appointment for further evaluation if necessary.