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Screening day to help drinkers learn what is too much

Knowing how much is too much, when it comes to alcohol, is valuable knowledge that will be given away for free as part of National Alcohol Screening Day Thursday.

Counselor Charlotte M. Farkas, Ph.D., will provide free screening at her office from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at 116 W. 11th Street.

“Although most individuals who drink do so safely, many people are unaware of the negative effects alcohol can have on health,” she said in a news release.

“The goal of National Alcohol Screening Day is to educate the public on the potential risks associated with drinking. Through education, awareness and understanding, individuals can make informed decisions about their drinking behaviors.”

As part of the program, participants will hear an education presentation on alcohol problems, complete a written self-test and have the opportunity to speak privately with a health professional, all for free, she said in the release.

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.

National Alcohol Screening Day, held in April as part of Alcohol Awareness Month, is a program of the nonprofit organization Screening for Mental Health Inc., in collaboration with the Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.