The University of Iowa
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us

University of Iowa News Release

April 5, 2004

Student Health Service Promotes Alcohol Awareness In April

As part of National Alcohol Awareness Month in April, Health Iowa/Student Health Service at the University of Iowa will provide information and anonymous alcohol screening online for students.

The Health Iowa/Student Health Service Web site (www.uiowa.edu/~shs) features a link for anonymous alcohol screening, giving students immediate, personalized and confidential feedback on their drinking habits. The website also contains helpful information on lower-risk alcohol use, how to detect a drinking problem and how to help a friend. The site features a question-and-answer component that allows students to ask questions they may not otherwise ask a parent, other adult or health care provider.

Health Iowa/Student Health Service will set up information booths in April where students can learn more about alcohol use. Following are the times/dates and booth locations on campus:

-- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 8, First Floor, Iowa Memorial Union;
-- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 15, outside of Hillcrest Cafeteria;
-- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 22, outside of Burge Cafeteria.

"The focus of National Alcohol Screening Month is to give students the facts they need to draw the line for themselves," said Sarah Hansen, program coordinator at Health Iowa. "Most students drink responsibly, but too many do not realize the potential costs of at-risk drinking, the signs of alcohol poisoning, or how even a moderate amount of alcohol can interact with common medications and affect academic or athletic performance."

National Alcohol Awareness Month is a program of the nonprofit Screening for Mental Health, Inc., funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information about alcohol or the screening program, visit www.NationalAlcoholScreeningDay.org or the Health Iowa/Student Health Service Web site at www.uiowa.edu/~shs. Other UI units taking part in the effort on the UI campus are The Stepping Up Project and the Prairielands Addiction Technology and Transfer Center (ATTC).

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032, david-pedersen@uiowa.edu