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.
In recent years, an increasing number of women in both the United States and Canada have begun to drink in a way that threatens their health, safety, and general well-being. Women's dependence on alcohol is now nearly at parity with men, although fewer women seek treatment for dependence due to the cultural stigma associated with it, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Many women who are dependent on alcohol are highly-functioning individuals with an impressive education, career, and family life. However, alcohol abuse poses serious health risks and emotional difficulties to women of all ages.
Today, April 7, is National Alcohol Screening Day. On this day, men and women across the country are encouraged to increase their education and awareness about dependent drinking behaviors and consider their own alcohol consumption. The initiative is held annually on Thursday of the first full week of April.
Would you like to find out more about your own alcohol consumption? Now is an excellent time to take advantage of the resources Kappa Alpha Theta offers to promote mental health and wellness among alumnae and collegians. You can participate in the initiative by accessing the Alcohol Use Disorder screening on the Sisters Supporting Sisters page. The screening only takes a few minutes and is completely anonymous.
If you would like more information regarding alcohol dependency and how to seek treatment, you can also call Talk One-2-One, a free and anonymous service that provides confidential support.