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April 9, 2002

Free screening helps students
assess their alcohol use

The Student Health Center at California State University, Sacramento will offer free alcohol screening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, April 11 in the University Union lobby.

As part of National Alcohol Screening Day, CSUS students can learn how alcohol can affect their lives by completing a brief, written screening test. They will also receive educational information and talk one-on-one with a health professional.

Most students do not abuse alcohol, but those who do pose serious problems for the campus community and for themselves, says health education assistant Cyndra Krogen. Alcohol is frequently a factor in the three leading causes of death for 15- to 24-year-olds: motor vehicle crashes, homicides and suicides.

She also notes that students who binge drink - consume five or more drinks in a row for males or four or more drinks in a row for females - are more likely to damage property, have trouble with authorities, miss classes and experience injuries. Binge drinkers also engage in more unplanned sexual activity and abandon safe sex techniques more often than students who do not binge drink.

For more information on National Alcohol Screening Day at CSUS, call Krogen at (916) 278-6026.



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