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TAMIU Hosts National Alcohol Screening Day Posted: 4/17/17

TAMIU Hosts National Alcohol Screening Day

 

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Students at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) took part in National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD) Tuesday, April 18 from 8 a.m. - noon, in the Student Center rotunda. The annual event is designed to help students improve their health and academic performance by providing information and screening initiative to raise awareness about harmful and dependent drinking behaviors.

This no-fee event was open to TAMIU students ages 18 – 24.

“NASD is vital to our institution educating our students on alcohol abuse and for us to discover the alcohol trends among our student population,” explained San Juanita Guerra, associate director, Office of Student Conduct and Community Engagement.

“Students who complete the screening process will receive a free NASD T-shirt,” said Guerra.

She noted  the event was third annual offering at TAMIU and results provide insight into TAMIU students’ position on alcohol use.

This was the third annual Screening Day for our campus. A total of 105 students were screened, allowing us to exceed our goal of 100. As in past years, returning partners were the graduate students from the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program led by Dr. Ediza Garcia, SCAN, Inc., TAMIU Student Counseling Services, and student volunteers.  Participating students stated that they enjoyed the experience, the screening process allowed them to raise their awareness of alcohol use and abuse, and overall it was an educational opportunity.  The Office of Student Conduct and Community Engagement determined  that, based on this sample size, the majority of the student population at TAMIU is either completely abstinent, or not of age and waiting until they turn 21 to try alcohol.  We continue our efforts to educate students  and help them become more aware of the risks and possible consequences of getting involved in high risk behaviors,” Guerra said. 

It is sponsored by Student Conduct and Community Engagement, TAMIU Student Counseling Services, TAMIU Master’s of Counseling Psychology Students, TAMIU Advising and Mentoring Center and Serving Children and Adults in Need (SCAN).

For more information, contact Perez at 326.2265 or sanjuanita.guerra@tamiu.edu or visit offices in Student Center 226.

University office hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Additional information is available at www.tamiu.edu and at www.facebook.com/txamiu.ss