National Alcohol Screening Day was created by the National Institutes of Health to increase alcohol abuse awareness and alcoholism awareness. On the first screening day in 1999, 50,000 people visited the designated screening centers for guidance, including college students. It’s no secret that college is a time for many students to experiment with alcohol. However, drinking alcohol can turn into a slippery slope. It is important to be educated and aware of the potential effects of alcohol.
Facts About Alcohol
· 1 in 12 adults suffer from alcohol use disorder or alcohol dependence (Facing Addiction with NCADD)
· 2.8 million worldwide deaths are caused by alcohol annually (Facing Addiction with NCADD)
· 1 in 4 college students report academic consequences from drinking, including missing class, falling behind in class, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)
· About 20% of college students meet the criteria for Alcohol Use Disorder (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)
How to Get Screened
Head to the website, howdoyouscore.org, to take an online screening or to locate a screening site to get screened. For RIT, there is a specific site you can go to for an anonymous, online screening: here
Other RIT Resources
Thankfully, RIT is a school that treats this topic very seriously. There are plenty of resources open to students that are struggling with substance abuse on campus.
RIT Counseling and Psychological Services
RIT Counseling and Psychological Services offers confidential services and referrals. Their services include Scope of Care, Assessment and Evaluation, Crisis/Emergency Services, Individual and Group Counseling and Psychotherapy, Psychiatry Services, and Outreach and Workshops. To make an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call the office at (585) 475-2261, or talk to the receptionist at the CaPS office on the second floor of the August Center.
RIT Substance & Alcohol Intervention Services for the Deaf
Substance & Alcohol Intervention Services for the Deaf is a grant-based program operated by RIT. They are also located on the second floor of the August Center. To make an appointment, email email@example.com.
Good Samaritan Protocol
According to the Good Samaritan Protocol, “Students are expected to contact Public Safety when it is believed an individual needs medical attention due to the abuse of alcohol or other drugs including prescription, over the counter, or other. The Good Samaritan Protocol is designed to provide education rather than discipline when a student voluntarily contacts university personnel (e.g., Public Safety, Resident Advisor/Community Advocate) or outside emergency services for medical assistance related to alcohol or other drugs. Individuals covered by the Good Samaritan Protocol are the caller, the person in need of assistance, the host Student organization, and any witnesses named in the incident report.”
If you know someone that you think might be struggling with alcohol abuse or addiction, use any of the resources that RIT offers or recommends for help and guidance. For a full list of resources, please visit https://www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/wellness/drugs-alcohol.
Once again, a great resource for an online, anonymous screening is located here