Monday, May 12, 2008

Alcohol Screening Day & Alcohol Facts

Just want to invite everyone to come in tomorrow and get free alcohol screenings, resources, professional consultations, and information. If you have any concerns about family and friends, we can help answer your questions and provide information for you. Talk to a therapist about any of your concerns. They do not have to necessarily be alcohol-related. If you are going through family or relationship problems, depression, grief or loss, we are here for you.

Below is a copy of the New Day Counseling press release in case you missed it in your local paper. Hope to see you there tomorrow, Tuesday, May 13 between 11:00am and 6:00pm.



“My husband drinks a 6-pack of beer almost every day, is that too much?” “I heard that alcohol is much harder on woman than men, is this true?” “I take an over the counter pain medication for my bad back, does this mean I shouldn’t drink alcohol?” “My 75-year-old father has recently been diagnosed with high blood pressure – can drinking make his hypertension worse?” “My husband and I are expecting a baby, and I enjoy an occasional glass of wine with dinner, will this affect my unborn child?”

For most adults, moderate alcohol use causes few, if any, problems. But for some, any alcohol use may lead to significant health problems. Trying to figure out the risks associated with alcohol use is not easy because alcohol affects your body differently at different times. To protect yourself, it is important to figure out where you should draw the line when consuming alcohol – where do you draw the line as you get older, if you are trying to get pregnant, if you have a family history of alcohol abuse, if you develop a medical condition, or if you take certain medications.

To help determine where you should draw the line, New Day Counseling partnered with National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD) is offering a free, one-day outreach, education and screening event designed to educate the public about alcohol and allow individuals to seek help in a non-threatening, easily accessible manner on Tuesday, May 13. The free screenings will be held from 11:00am to 6:00pm at 2820 W Maple Rd, Suite 210, Troy, MI 48084.

As part of the program, attendees will have the opportunity to watch an educational presentation on alcohol problems, complete a written self-test, and to talk one-on-one with a health professional, all for FREE. Pamphlets, brochures and flyers will be available, as well as referral resources for support services to those who seek further assistance.
Krystal Kuehn, a licensed professional counselor, says, “Although most individuals who drink do so safely, many people are unaware of the negative effects alcohol can have on health. The goal of this screening day is to educate the public on the potential risks associated with drinking. Through education, awareness and understanding, individuals can make informed decisions about their drinking behaviors.”

Metro-Detroit residents can now learn the facts on Tuesday, May 13 at New Day Counseling.

Alcohol Facts
Some things you may not know:

*Heavy drinking raises the risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, certain cancers, car crashes, unintentional injuries, violence, suicides, birth defects and overall mortality.

*More than 150 medications interact harmfully with alcohol. These interactions may
result in increased risk of illness, injury, and even death.

*Alcohol can alter blood sugar levels and exacerbate diabetes; impair reproductive
functions; and interfere with calcium metabolism and bone structure, increasing the risk
of osteoporosis.

*Researchers have identified no safe threshold for drinking during pregnancy.

For additional information about alcohol or the screening program, visit call New Day Counseling at 248-649-8050.

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