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Free Alcohol Screenings April 7

McLean Hospital to Conduct Free Alcohol Screenings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 22, 2005

CONTACT:
Adriana Bobinchock
Public Affairs
617/855-2110

Belmont, MA - On Thursday, April 7, McLean Hospital and more than 5,000 sites across the country will offer free and confidential screenings for people looking for help and information about alcohol abuse and addiction.

For most adults, moderate alcohol use causes few, if any, problems. But for some, any alcohol use may lead to significant health problems. Trying to figure out the risks associated with alcohol is not easy because alcohol affects every individual differently at different times. Everyone can protect himself or herself by determining where they should draw the line when consuming alcohol. To help determine where you should draw the line, McLean is offering a free, anonymous education and screening program as part of National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD) on Thursday, April 7 from 9 am to 11 am in the hospital's de Marneffe building, 115 Mill Street, Belmont.

"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.

As part of the program, participants will have the option to hear an educational presentation on alcohol problems, complete a written self-test and talk privately with a health professional. An educational video, pamphlets, brochures and flyers will be available, as well as referrals to local treatment and support resources for those who need further evaluation.

For more information about the alcohol screening program at McLean, call Dr. Hilary Connery at (617) 855-3881 or Elisa Trucco at (617) 855-2567.

McLean Hospital is the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School, an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital and member of Partners HealthCare.

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