Following a welcome by James Donahue, Ph.D., the Georgetown University Dean of Students, the media briefing will feature remarks by Senator
Joseph R. Biden of Delaware, Enoch Gordis, M.D., Director, NIAAA, Nelba Chavez, Ph.D., Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Services Administration, Ms. Michelle Perry, a drinking driving crash survivor, and Mr. Jeffrey Levy, the father of a college student who died in an
alcohol-related incident. Patrick Kilcarr, Ph.D., Director, Student Health Education, Georgetown University, will moderate the briefing. Georgetown is
one of about 400 colleges that will conduct NASD screenings April 6.
Persons who visit one of the free, anonymous screenings at an anticipated 1500 sites across the country can assess their alcohol use and learn about
the full range of drinking problems as well as what to do and where to go if they need help. "We hope that the second annual National Alcohol
Screening Day will build upon last yearís success to increase public understanding of alcohol abuse and alcoholism as clinical disorders for which we
now have proven, research-based treatments," says NIAAA Director Enoch Gordis, M.D.
As part of the screening day, participants will hear an educational presentation on alcohol problems, complete a written self-assessment, and have the
opportunity to talk privately with a health professional about their own or a family memberís drinking. If it is determined that an individual needs
additional professional help, he or she will be given the names and telephone numbers of treatment facilities in the area.
"Taking action against alcohol is not easy," observes SAMHSA Administrator Nelba Chavez, Ph.D., "but knowledge is the first step. Awareness and
understanding the kind of outreach provided by this program are key to halting the tide of alcohol problems across the country. National Alcohol
Screening Day is a public health and personal health investment that you can bank on."
Alcohol treatment facilities, community health centers, hospitals, and colleges will participate in the national program, which is aimed at all segments of
the general public. The college component specifically targets students who are risky drinkers, with a focus on binge drinking. The first NASD, held in
April 1999, drew more than 50,000 participants with unexpectedly high participation by college students.
The NIAAA, CSAT, and Screening for Mental Health collaboration is supported by the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, the American
College Health Association, the American Council on Alcoholism, the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the
American Psychological Association and its College of Professional Psychology, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the Canadian Society of
Addiction Medicine, Charter Behavioral Health Systems, College Parents of America, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, Eli Lilly and
Company, Join Together, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, the National
Association for Children of Alcoholics, the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, the National Interfraternity Conference, the National Mental Health Association, the National
Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and the National Panhellenic Conference.
For information about a local NASD site, telephone 1-800-405-9200 or visit the online site locator at
For information concerning the media briefing and to arrange credentialing, please telephone
Elizabeth Schulman (202/973-1382) or Maria Droumbanis (202/973-1360).