It’s National Alcohol Screening Day

Road To Recovery Green Road Sign with dramatic clouds and sky.It’s pretty easy to turn a blind eye to substance abuse, especially if the person dealing with the issue is you or someone you love. One of the reasons it’s so easy to overlook alcohol abuse is that it can occur as part of a bigger mental health issue like depression or posttraumatic stress. In these cases, the person with the alcohol problem might be using alcohol to deal with bigger issues, and therefore not dealing with or acknowledging the actual drinking problem itself.

But there is a way to find out if you or someone you love has a problem with alcohol, and it’s safe, anonymous, and free. Once a year the Screening for Mental Health, Inc holds a National Alcohol Screening Day, and this year it’s on April 11th, 2013. Simply visit www.HowDoYouScore.org, select your demographic from College, Military, or Members of the Public, and take the 2-minute screening.

Although the screening will not diagnose you specifically, it will assess your symptoms and point you in the direction of further assessment if required. If you are hesitant to take the screening, remember that alcohol doesn’t just hurt you, it has the potential to hurt those you love. A quick 2-minute screening could be the first step you take to a whole new life.