Free Alcohol Screenings offered by McLean Hospital (April 6, 2006)

March 17, 2006

Adriana Bobinchock
Public Affairs

Belmont, MA - Do you have a problem with alcohol? Do you suspect someone you care about does? McLean Hospital may be able to help answer those questions.

On Thursday, April 6, 2006, McLean Hospital and thousands of sites across the country will offer free and confidential screenings for people looking for help and information about alcohol abuse and addiction. The free screening at McLean will be held from 2 pm to 5 pm at in the de Marneffe building.

National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD), an annual event was founded by Screening for Mental Health in conjunction with McLean Hospital in 1999, drew more than 221,000 people across the United States in 2005.

As part of the program, participants have the option to view an educational video, complete a written self-test, talk privately with a health professional, or all three. Pamphlets, brochures and flyers will be available, as well as referrals to local treatment and support resources for those who require further evaluation. Last year, sites across the country educated community members about alcohol use, abuse, and dependence, reduced stigma, and connected those in need with treatment.

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

NASD, held in April as part of Alcohol Awareness Month, is a program of the nonprofit organization Screening for Mental Health, Inc. This year, 5,000 screening sites nationwide will participate in NASD, including hospitals, alcohol and addiction treatment centers, primary care offices and colleges.

McLean Hospital, consistently ranked the nation's top psychiatric hospital by U.S. News & World Report, is an affiliate of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, and a member of Partners HealthCare.

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