National Alcohol Screening Day event Thursday at Southern Miss

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Student Health Services and Student Counseling Services at Southern Miss held a National Alcohol Screening Day program Thursday.

The program was held at the Student Union and included a car that had been recently involved in an accident that was driven by a drunk driver. Also a table was set up where students were served drinks without alcohol called mocktails to show they could drink without getting drunk.

Inside the Student Union two screenings, both handwritten and online were conducted on participating students. Both were anonymous and included questions about how often one drinks. Once the screenings were complete counselors provided feedback and recommendations based upon the answers.

"They like to have feedback so when  they fill out the screening, they get something right then," said Matt Quinn, Counselor, Student Counseling Services. "We tell them, yes you need to talk to someone or no you are not at risk right now."

Quinn says some don't want to do anything publicly, but later privately they do want to talk.

National Alcohol Screening Day is an annual event held the first Thursday in April. It's sponsored by nearly 1000 college, universities, community organizations, and military installations worldwide.

About 75 students took part in the screenings.

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