For Immediate Release
24 March 2010

Melissa Lamar
860.773.1407 (office)

Tunxis Participates in National Alcohol Screening Day



Tunxis Community College invites the community to National Alcohol Screening Day on April 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Founders Hall. The event is part of National Alcohol Awareness Month in April.

The screening offers the public and students the opportunity to learn what they need to know to draw the line with alcohol. A brief, private self-assessment asks participants about their drinking habits and if their behaviors have changed as a result of drinking. Educational material will be available, as well as referrals to local treatment and support resources for those who need further evaluation. 

For most adults, moderate alcohol use causes few, if any, problems. But trying to figure out the risks associated with alcohol use is not easy because alcohol affects the body differently at different times. For some, any alcohol use may lead to significant health problems because of other medications, medical conditions or family history.

Approximately 1,700 college students die each year because of alcohol, according to the National Alcohol Screening Day web site. Alcohol also frequently contributes to assault, accidents, and domestic violence incidents.

National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD), held in April as part of Alcohol Awareness Month, is a program of the nonprofit organization Screening for Mental Health, Inc. in collaboration with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For additional information about alcohol or the screening program, visit

For more information, call 860.773.1506 or email Tunxis is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177 in Farmington.