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McLean Hospital to Conduct Free Alcohol Screening

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 15, 2002

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Belmont, MA - On Thursday, April 11, 2002, McLean Hospital and more than 1,400 sites across the country will offer free and confidential screenings for people looking for help and information about alcohol abuse and addiction.

National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD), an annual event founded by McLean Hospital clinicians in 1999, drew more than 52,000 people across the United States in 2001, helping nearly 30,000.

"This event is an excellent way to learn about the effects of alcohol and to find out if your own drinking patterns or those of a friend or family member, may be causing a health risk," said Shelly Greenfield, MD, the founding scientific director of NASD and medical director of McLean’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Ambulatory Treatment Center.

An estimated 14 million Americans suffer from some form of alcohol disorder and more than 100,000 Americans die from alcohol related causes every year.

McLean Hospital will hold the free screening on Thursday, April 11 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am in the de Marneffe building, 115 Mill Street, Belmont. Sessions include a lecture, self-written test, "friends and family" questionnaire, confidential interview with a health professional and a referral for treatment if necessary.

NASD is conducted in collaboration with the Center for Substance Abuse, the Screening for Mental Health, Inc., the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, the American College of Health Association and the American Medical Association.

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