National Alcohol Screening Day

Thursday April 5, 2012

What is it?

National Alcohol Screening Day is an annual outreach, education and screening program held on Thursday of the first full week of April as part of National Alcohol Prevention Awareness Month. U.S military installations, along with thousands of colleges and community-based organizations, recognize the day by hosting programs meant to raise awareness about alcohol misuse and refer individuals with abuse concerns for further treatment.

Army Substance Abuse Program personnel will implement Soldier screening events at U.S. Army Installations worldwide. The screenings will not provide a diagnosis. Instead, Soldiers will recognize symptoms that are consistent with a condition or concern that would benefit from further evaluation or treatment, as well as receive guidance and connection to the appropriate support resources.

What has the Army done?

Army installations continue to participate in National Alcohol Screening Day as part of its month- long observances of National Alcohol Prevention Awareness Month. While the screenings are typically only open to Soldiers, other April observance activities provide information, resources and inspiration to all Soldiers, Department of the Army (DA) civilians and family members.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army Substance Abuse Program exists to ensure all Soldiers, DA civilians and family members feel they have access to the resources and support they need to address any concerns they might have regarding alcohol and/or substance abuse. The program will continue to evaluate its effectiveness, adjusting programs, policies and procedures as necessary to meet varying demands. One such adjustment is the launch of myPRIME Army-wide later this year, the online self-assessment and intervention training tool that will allow all those who self-refer to anonymously assess their personal challenges with alcohol and/or substance abuse and explore ways and means to successfully overcome those challenges.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army recognizes that the abuse of alcohol by military and civilian personnel is inconsistent with the high standards of performance, discipline, and readiness necessary to accomplish the Army mission. Alcohol abuse has no place in America's Army and will not be tolerated.

It is our job as an Army to ensure our Army family is armed with the tools necessary maintain personal resiliency in the face of adversity. ASAP resources will continue to focus on resiliency and the positive life-coping skills of our Army family in an effort to not only lower incidents of alcohol abuse, but to enhance the quality of life for our entire Army community.

Resources:

Screening for Mental Health, Inc
Military Mental Health Screening Program
Online screening tools
Alcohol Screening
Army Substance Abuse Program (ACSAP) website

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