UTPA Gears up for National Alcohol Screening Day April 10
Posted: 04/07/2003
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Students from The University of Texas-Pan American will have the opportunity to learn about the affects of alcohol on college campuses Thursday, April 10, during National Alcohol Screening Day.

The screenings - to be held at the Quad and the Library lobby from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. - are part of Alcohol Awareness Month.

"Most students drink responsibly, but too many do not realize the potential costs of risky 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," said Yvette Flores, coordinator for the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program at UTPA.

The screening involves a self-assessment on individual drinking habits and behaviors. The day also will include an educational presentation on alcohol and its impact on health, information on risky drinking and individual counseling.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Task Force on College Drinking reports that 25 percent of students surveyed reported academic consequences from drinking.

For additional information about the screening program, contact Flores at 956/292-7282 or 956/381-2648.