Nashville, TN – Many Tennesseans enjoy an adult beverage from time to time as a way to unwind and relax. But when that occasional drink or substance use becomes more and more frequent, it can be cause for concern.
In recognition of National Alcohol Screening Day April 9th, the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is encouraging all Tennesseans to take a short online assessment to determine if their alcohol use is leading to abuse.
“The assessment only takes a few minutes to complete,” said E. Douglas Varney, Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. “It’s important to be honest with yourself, and open to the opportunity to seek help if you feel like your use is excessive.”
To view and take a short assessment on your alcohol and substance use Click Here. You will also find additional Behavioral Health screenings and resources available to Tennesseans.
Questions to ask yourself if you think your drinking has become a problem…
- Are you using alcohol or other substances frequently?
- Are you concerned it’s affecting your daily activities?
- Are you having trouble completing simple tasks?
“If you’ve answered yes to one of more of these questions, you likely have a substance use issue,” said Commissioner Varney.
National Alcohol Screening Day was 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.
Long term, dependence on alcohol can lead to health problems, which can include anxiety, depression, and certain kinds of cancer, high blood pressure and heart problems.
About the Tennessee Department of Mental Health
Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Our Mission: Provide, plan for, and promote a comprehensive array of quality prevention, early intervention, treatment, habilitation, rehabilitation and recovery support services for Tennesseans with mental illness and substance abuse issues.
Our Vision: To be one of the nation’s most innovative and proactive state behavioral health authorities for Tennesseans dealing with mental health and substance abuse problems.
For more information, visit www.tn.gov/behavioral-health