Many Rutherford County residents 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 9, 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.
According to data collected from 2012 to 2013, 373,000 Tennesseans over the age of 18 acknowledged having an alcohol or illicit drug dependence. In fiscal year 2015, alcohol was listed as the second most used substance of abuse, right behind prescription pain medications.
"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.