Help Offered for Those Concerned About Alcohol Use

March 21, 2000 -- Belmont, MA -- McLean Hospital will once again take the lead in a nationwide effort to help individuals concerned about alcohol problems. McLean and more than 1,700 sites across the country will offer free, anonymous screenings for alcohol problems on Thursday, April 6, during the second annual National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD).

NASD, an event founded at McLean, reached more than 32,000 individuals across the United States in 1999. Of those who attended the screenings nearly 19,000 were evaluated and 6,000 referred on for treatment.

Nearly 14 million Americans, one in every three adults, suffer from some form of alcohol disorder. NASD is designed to educate the public about alcohol problems and offer those who may be struggling a way to seek help.

"We hope that many people will attend the screenings on April 6. 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 Hospital.

McLean Hospital will hold screenings on April 6 from 9:30 to 11:30 am in McLean’s de Marneffe building, 115 Mill St., Belmont, and from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 17 Clark St., Belmont.

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

For further information about McLean screenings, call 617-855-2323, or to locate a site near you, call 800-405-9200.