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Posted On: Thursday, April 6, 2017 07:57 AM, by Kassie Dobbs

April 6 marks a very important date, one you may not be aware of: National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD). It is a day for outreach, education, and screening initiatives that raise awareness about harmful and dependent drinking behaviors and connect at-risk individuals with treatment options. Women who find themselves dependent on alcohol can be fully functioning members of society and the family or friends of highly functioning alcoholics suffer as well. That is why it is very important to raise awareness about the effects of alcohol on mental health and wellness and to provide resources to women.

It is a misconception that you must hit rock bottom to rethink your drinking habits. Sisters Supporting Sisters has three separate screening exams for collegians, alumnae, and the general public. There's no need to be nervous about taking a screening; it is not a diagnosis. It is simply a quick way to determine if you or someone you care about may need to reach out to a doctor or mental health professional for an evaluation.

Sisters Support Sisters also includes a service called Talk One-2-One It is free, confidential telephone counseling hotline for Thetas concerned about substance abuse and other emotional health issues.

Let's use NASD to reflect on our own mental health and wellness habits as well as those of our loved ones. It is never too late to seek help or information.

Kassie Dobbs, Gamma Upsilon/Miami, is a first-year educational leadership consultant.

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