Screening for Mental Health’s Annual National Alcohol Screening Day Highlights Alcohol’s Harmful Effects on Women

April 7, 2014

Online Screening and Resources Available at www.HowDoYouScore.org

WELLESLEY HILLS, Mass., April 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Screening for Mental Health, Inc. (SMH), the pioneer in large-scale mental health screenings for the public, is focusing attention on the particular health consequences of alcohol abuse in women. The increased focus coincides with National Alcohol Screening Day, held April 10(th), 2014.


The 17(th) annual screening and education day raises awareness about alcohol misuse and abuse, while providing the public with beneficial screening and treatment resources. To help both women and men assess their drinking patterns, SMH is promoting www.HowDoYouScore.org, an online resource that offers anonymous screenings for alcohol abuse as well as resources for treatment and recovery.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, fewer women than men drink. However, among the heaviest drinkers, women equal or surpass men in the number of alcohol related problems. For example:

    --  Female alcoholics have death rates 50 to 100 percent higher than those
        of male alcoholics, including deaths from suicides, alcohol-related
        accidents, heart disease and stroke, and liver disease.
    --  Women tend to develop alcohol-related diseases and other consequences of
        drinking sooner than men, and after drinking less.
    --  Women are more likely to abuse alcohol in order to self-medicate
        problems such as depression, anxiety, or stress.

Several biological factors, including body fat and hormones, make women more susceptible to alcohol’s effects. Because of these factors, a woman’s body processes alcohol more slowly than a man’s. One drink for a woman has about twice the effect of one for a man.

“For women in particular, there is a fine line between healthful and harmful drinking and this can be easy to cross,” says Douglas G. Jacobs, M.D., associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and medical director of Screening for Mental Health, Inc. “If someone is drinking more after a disappointment, a fight, or when they feel under pressure, we encourage them to take a screening. The goal of National Alcohol Screening Day is for both women and men to think about how, when, and why they drink. The anonymous, online screenings provide a non-threatening way for individuals to assess whether alcohol may be negatively impacting their health and life.”

Some sample screening questions include:

    --  How often do you have four or more drinks on one occasion?
    --  How often during the last year have you found that you were not able to
        stop drinking once you started?
    --  How often during the last year have you failed to do what was normally
        expected from you because of drinking?

More than 40,000 screenings were taken online and in-person at events during National Alcohol Screening Day 2013. To take an anonymous and free screening online, visit www.HowDoYouScore.org.

Screening for Mental Health, Inc. (SMH), the pioneer of large-scale mental health screening for the public, provides innovative mental health and substance abuse resources, linking those in need with quality treatment options. SMH programs, offered online and in-person, educate, raise awareness, and screen individuals for depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, alcohol use disorders, and suicide. Thousands of organizations worldwide including hospitals, military installations, colleges, secondary schools, corporations, utilize our educational and screening programs, and in turn, have reached millions of people ranging from teenagers to adults.


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