National Alcohol Screening Day
National Alcohol Screening Day is observed next on Thursday, April 11th, 2024 (125 days from today).
Somewhere in the world, there are still people who drink too much alcohol a day, so to speak, alcohol abuse. While that may have a negative effect, it seems that people are not fully aware of the consequences of alcohol abuse. That is the reason why National Alcohol Screening Day is established every year. National Alcohol Screening Day is established to raise awareness about the harmful effects of alcohol abuse and alcoholism. Each year National Alcohol Screening Day is celebrated on the first Thursday in April, these screens provide an opportunity for anonymity and secrecy for people with addictions to seek help.
Addiction not only affects people, but also their jobs, families and communities. A large part of outreach programs is screening. These programs provide educational, referral, and treatment opportunities for people with alcohol problems.
Some people do not realize the effects alcohol has on them and their lives while most people do not abuse alcohol. Others, do not realize the risks they take even if they only indulge in alcohol occasionally. Performing an alcohol test can reveal areas that we may not be aware of. For many people, it can be the first step to recovery.
History of Alcohol Screening Day
First celebrated in 1999, the National Institutes of Health is organization that founded Alcohol Screening Day. Alcohol Screening Day was sponsored by Mental Health Screening. Anonymous and confidential screenings online or in person at NASD events is offered by the initiative and its events of this day.
Alcohol is an addictive psychotropic substance, the drinker must increase the dose and reuse it. Neuroadaptations can be come to regular consumption of alcohol, that reduce the dose or stop drinking will lead to "alcohol withdrawal" syndrome. Alcohol dependence will cause alcoholic psychosis and lead to chronic diseases as well as cause immediate consequences and long-term burden on society.
When alcohol enters the body, if it exceeds the allowed level, even a little, it will cause many harms to physical and mental health. It dilates blood vessels, especially peripheral blood vessels, so after drinking alcohol we feel warm again.
Alcohol is a substance that has a great impact on the brain, even if you only need to drink an amount with a concentration of about 0.25%o in the blood, equivalent to 0.3 liters of beer or 100ml of wine. Alcohol has a great effect on the nervous system, especially on the brain, causing the viewing angle to narrow and the reaction time to slow down. Therefore, people who drink alcohol and beer are greatly restricted in driving all kinds of traffic and are easy to lead to traffic accidents. Research on the harmful effects of alcohol by some authors shows that drinking 50g of alcohol daily will leave permanent damage, with about 100,000 brain cells being killed when drinking one beer. During a binge, the number of brain cells that die can be as high as 10,000,000.
Besides, alcohol also affects sex ability and having children. On the other hand, alcohol is a substance that has a toxic effect on the testicles and sperm, so if a man drinks alcohol before having sex, it not only increases the likelihood of miscarriage in the wife, but also can affect the development of the child born. If the mother drinks alcohol during pregnancy, it is easy to give birth to children with intellectual disabilities.
How to observe Alcohol Screening Day?
On Alcohol Screening Day, many of the selected locations will locate Screening Centers such as colleges, designated businesses and even military installations, and government agencies. You, your friends and loved ones who regularly use alcohol are encouraged to go to screening areas and conduct screenings to see where their levels are. These screenings are also available online. If you or someone you know like friend, family member, is struggling with alcohol dependence, online screenings are available. Taking an alcohol test requires no commitment. It also allows each individual the option of pursuing counseling.
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ObservedNational Alcohol Screening Day has been observed Thursday of the first full week in April.
Thursday, April 7th, 2022
Thursday, April 6th, 2023
Thursday, April 11th, 2024
Thursday, April 10th, 2025
Thursday, April 9th, 2026