About National Alcohol Screening Day
National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD) is an initiative first launched in 1999 by the National Institutes Of Health (NIH). The aim of this event is to increase public awareness that alcohol abuse and alcoholism (in which a person is dependent on alcohol), are recognized disorders which can be treated.
Throughout this day, members of the public are invited along to one of many screening centers across the United States. The people who visit the screening centers are dealt with on a case-by-case basis; they are asked to complete a written self-assessment about their alcohol use. Healthcare professionals at the centers then tailor advice to the person concerned.
When a person's use of alcohol has been assessed, they are then informed about the different types of alcohol-related problems. Where relevant, the person is then given advice as to where help can be sought.
About the National Institutes of Health (NIH):
NIH, the nation's medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases.