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32 - CAPE GAZETTE, Tuesday, April 5 April 7, 2005 National Alcohol Screening Day set for April 7 Sussex screening to be in Georgetown National Alcohol Screening Day is Thursday, April 7. The Di- vision of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) is en- cottraging Delawareans to take a two-minute survey to determine whether they or a loved one might be abusing alcohol. The Sussex County screening is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Thresh- olds and Kent-Sussex Detox, lo- cated in the Wal-Mart shopping center in Georgetown. Some people who enjoy alco- holic beverages do so safely, while others increase their risk for injury, illness or future alcohol problemsdue to unsafe drinking patterns. This unhealthy con- sumption has lead to devastating personal health effects as well as lifestyle and familial disruptions to one in 13 American adults. DSAMH will parmer with mul- tiple businesses, nonprofit and faith-based organizations to pro- vide confidential two-minute screenings and information about alcohol use and abuse at more than 23 locations statewide. The screening questions will take only a few minutes and will generate personalized results based on a person's age, gender and drinking patterns. All re- sponses are completely confiden- tialand anonymous. Free and confidential screen- ings are also available online at www.alcoholscreening.org. The website, which is part of a project at Boston University's School of Public Health, features a 13-question survey that helps people determine whether their alcohol use falls within a range generally considered to be safe or not. In past years, area substance- abuse treatment centers have re- ported dozens of people seeking treatment as a result of informa- tion they or a loved one received Stop underage drinking is Alcohol Awareness Month theme "Together, we can stop underage drinking" is the theme of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence's (NCADD) 19th annual Alcohol Awareness month. Knowing that the age at which an individual has a first alcohol drink is a predictor of future druguse, NCADD is collaborating with Lead- ership to Keep Children Alcohol Free and The Sub- stance Abuse and Mental Health Services Adminis- tration to sponsor this year's effort to address the critical health problem of underage drinking. In Delaware, the YMCA Resource Center consid- ers every month to be an Alcohol Awareness month. As the community outreach branch of the YMCA of Delaware, the resource center regularly presents a variety of substance abuse prevention programs to school and community groups throughout the state. Using the science-based prevention strategy to change norms and behaviors, the resource center's programs focus on altering youth and teens' attitudes about alcohol and drug use by enhancing their knowledge of alcohol and other drugs and teaching them refusal skills and alternatives to drug use. One of the most popular resource center substance abuse prevention programs is Pathways, which was developed in 1995 with funding from the Delaware Office of Highway Safety. Geared for youth grades five through nine, Pathways isan exciting way to ed- ucate them about the effects of substance abuse, while practicing skills to make good decisions about the use of alcohol and other drugs. Program partici- pants complete a presurveys and postsurvey that ex- amines their knowledge and attitude about alcohol and other drugs. Over the last year, the average improvement be- tween the presurveys and postsurveys has been more than 20 per cent for all youth and for some, it has been as high as 60 per cent. The YMCA Resource Center of Delaware is com- mitted to April's Alcohol Awareness Month and to substance abuse prevention 12 months a year. on National Alcohol Screening Day. This year, many more indi- viduals are expected to take ad, vantage of online screening that is now available. "We can't be everywhere, and we can't get directly in touch with every Delawarean who might be abusing alcohol," said Jack Kemp, DSAMH's director of al- cohol and drug services. "But if we can use the internet to help people realize they need treatment and point them in the right direction, then we're making significant progress." Study shows more Americans abusing alcohol The National Institute of Alco- hol Abuse and Alcoholism (NI- AAA) released the results from the 2001-02 National Epidemio- logic Survey of Alcoholism and Related Conditions (NESARC) showing that more than 17 mil- lion Americans are abusing or de- pendent on alcohol. This is more than 8 percent of the population and the total number is up nearly 4 million from 10 years ago. The study is a representative survey of the U.S. civilian nonin- stitutionalized population aged 18 years and older and appears in the current issue of "Drug and Alco- hol Dependence." The NESARC survey, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, showed rates of alcohol abuse and dependence were significantly higher for males compared to females. Narconon Arrowhead, one of the nation's largest and most suc- cessful rehabilitation and educa- tion programs, helps millions of Aericans every year with any- thing from simple education on- line to full rehabilitation at its fa- cility. The proven nontraditional ap- proach uses the drug-free method, ology developed by American au- thor and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard, who spent decades re- 'searching the adverse affects of drugs on individuals. To read more about the NE- SARC study visit www.niaaa.nih.gov. To find out more about the Narconon Pro- gram, get free information about drugs and addiction or to get help for a loved one in need, contact Narconon Arrowhead at 800-468- 6933 or log on to www.stopaddic- tion.com. Steven Billups photos Halpern Eye Associates open Millville office Halpern Ey, e Associates celebrated its grand opening at the Millville office, at 142 Atlantic Ave., March 30, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony sponsored lby the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce. This is the eighth state-of-the-:art office for Halpern Eye Asso- ciates, the largest eye health-care centers in Delaware. Shown in back are (l-r) Bobbi Engel of Ferry "Traveler" magazine; optician Patrick DeBow; Manager Holly Zakrociemski and opti- cian Troy Raber. In front are Halpern President Art Geary;; Rep. Gerald Hocker, R- Ocean View; Becky Carney of"Delaware Beach Life" magazine; owner Joel Halpern; optician Janice York; optician Cheryl Ruddy; technician Mindie Connell; Mis Teen Delaware Ashley Fletch- er; patient coordinator Debbie Cordeaux; and optical technician Lisa Gedon. Below is the Halpern Eye Associates new state-of-the-art office at 142 Atlantic Ave. in Millville. Submitted photo Doctors support Vision 2005 campaign Beebe Medical Center medical staff physicians recently presented a $50,000 leadership gift to Beebe Medical Founda- tion board of directors in support of the Vision 2005 capital campaign, the largest capital campaign in the history of the Medical Center. So far, more than $8.3 million has been raised toward the $12 million campaign goal. The Vision 2005 campaign has helped fund the construc- tion of the Outpatient Care Center on the Route 24 Beebe Health Campus, the construction of a new central utility building on the Savannah Road campus, and will help sup- port the significant expansion of the Beebe Emergency De- partment from 18 to 36 beds. The Emergency Department expansion is viewed as one of Beebe Medical Center's most important capital improvement projects. The expanded Emergency Department will accom- modate 60,000 patient visits annually. Currently the Emer- gency Department cares for about 33,000 patients annually. Shown during the check presentation are (l-r) the Hon. Eu- gene Bookhammer, foundation board of directors chairman; Dr. Srihari Peri, medical oncologist and president of the med- ieai staff; and Janet McCarty, foundation board, 0f dirtgg vice chairwoman.