April 9, 2003
As part of Alcohol Awareness Month, a National Alcohol Screening Day
will be held tomorrow, April 10, 2003. The Screening Day is designed to
raise public awareness about the consequences of at-risk drinking and
alcohol’s effect on general health. The program addresses a range
of drinking behaviors from risky drinking to alcohol dependence.
The Hawaii Substance Abuse Coalition will be setting up information
booths at the State Capitol Auditorium area to help individuals get the
facts on alcohol-related problems on April 10, 2003, from 9:00 A.M. to
There will be an opportunity to talk privately with a health
professional at no cost, and with complete confidentiality. Pamphlets,
brochures and flyers will be available, as well as information on local
treatment and support resources for those who desire further evaluation
Lieutenant Governor James "Duke" Aiona, Jr. is extremely supportive
of identifying potential alcohol problems early and connecting people
with services. To help promote screening, the Lieutenant Governor will
participate in demonstrating the alcohol screening process at 11:45
A.M., April 10, near the State Capitol Auditorium.
Alcohol Screening will also take place at the following locations on
April 10, 2003:
|Drug Demand Reduction
655 Vickers Avenue
Hickam Airforce Base
University of Hawaii at Manoa
2600 Campus Road
Association of Flight Attendants
284 Mananai Place #R
Trinity Missionary Baptist Church
3950 Paine Circle
Community Clinic of Maui
48 Lono Avenue
Community Clinic of Maui
670-A Waiale Drive
|University of Hawaii at
200 West Kawili Street
325 Makaala Street
Kona-Kohala Health Care
75-1015 Henry Street
Lihue Court Townhouses
4160 Hoala Street
- Nearly 14 million Americans (one in every 13 adults) meet
diagnostic criteria for alcohol use.
- Approximately one-half of U.S. adult report a family history of
alcoholism or problem drinking.
- More than 18% of Americans experience alcohol abuse or dependence
at some time in their lives.
- In Hawaii, nearly 8% (or approximately 69,000) of the adult
population meets the criteria for needing treatment for alcohol abuse
- In Hawaii, 9.5% (or 10,030) of students in grades six through
twelve meet the criteria for needing treatment for alcohol abuse or
- Drinking to calm nerves, forget worries or to boost a sad
- Guilt about drinking.
- Unsuccessful attempts to cut down/stop drinking.
- Lying about or hiding drinking habits.
- Causing harm to oneself or someone else as a result of
- Needing to drink increasingly greater amounts in order to achieve
- Feeling irritable, resentful or unreasonable when not
- Medical, social, family, or financial problems caused by
- Heavy drinking raises the risk of high blood pressure, heart
disease, certain cancers, accidents, violence, suicides, birth defects
and overall mortality.
- Economic costs to society are estimated at $185 billion annually
- Harmful and hazardous drinking is involved in about one-third of
suicides, one-half of homicides, and one-third of child abuse
- Alcohol is involved in a large proportion of unintentional deaths
from falls, burns, and drowning.
People with alcohol problems often answer "yes" to one or more of
the following questions:
- Have you ever felt that you should cut down on your drinking?
- Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?
- Have you ever felt bad or guilty by your drinking?
- Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your
nerves or to get rid of a hangover?
If you answer "yes" to one or more of the questions above, you can
contact your physician or any of the treatment programs listed below
for more information and referral sources that will help you.
Alcohol problems which do not involve physical dependence can be
treated through interventions such as education, counseling and a
reduction in the amount of alcohol consumed on a regular basis. A
variety of treatments exist for alcohol dependence including self-help
groups, medication, detoxification and rehabilitation on either an
inpatient or outpatient basis.
Hina Mauka: 236-2600
Bobby Benson Center: 293-7555
Ho’omau Ke Ola: 696-4266
Hawaii Alcoholism Foundation: 841-2319
Drug Addiction Services of Hawaii: 538-0704
Queen’s Medical Center: 547-4352
Salvation Amy Addiction Treatment Services: 595-6371
Salvation Army Family Treatment Services: 732-2802
Big Island Substance Abuse Council: 935-4927
Bridge House: 322-3305
Drug Addiction Services of Hawaii: 735-5906
Child and Family Services: 681-3500
Hina Mauka: 245-8883
Aloha House: 579-9584
Maui Youth and Family Services: 579-8425
Malama Na Makua A Keiki: 877-7117
Hale Ho’okupa’a (Molokai): 553-3231
For more information,
Contact: Elaine Wilson, Department of Health
Phone: (808) 282-0785
Contact: Andy Anderson, Substance Abuse Coalition
Phone: (808) 236-2600