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Moravian College, along with over 600 colleges across the nation, will be participating in the first National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD) on Thursday, April 8. NASD is designed to reach college students to prevent high-risk drinking on college campuses through both education and screening. Moravian’s Peer Educators, with the support of the Office of Student Services, will be sponsoring campus participation in this event.
Faculty and staff members are asked to encourage Moravian’s students to attend the event. Members of the College community will be at the HUB Lounge from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Peer educators will be on hand to provide information regarding binge-drinking, blood alcohol content, lower-risk drinking, and what to do if one suspects a friend or family member has a drinking problem. Students will also have the opportunity to complete an anonymous screening questionnaire about their alcohol use and to talk with both Health and Counseling Center staff members regarding their screening results. Students who complete the questionnaire will receive a free mocktail.
The 18-to 21-year-old age range is the developmental period with the heaviest alcohol consumption for most drinkers in the United States. The college component of NASD focuses on binge-drinking and alcohol poisoning, but also educates students about the clinical disorders of alcoholism and alcohol abuse. National Alcohol Screening Day is a program of the National Mental Illness Screening Project in partnership with the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.