What are the risk factors
associated with alcoholism?
Soldiers and community members
had the opportunity to find out if they were at risk during a free, anonymous
alcohol screening April 14 at the Warrior Zone.
The Army Substance Abuse Program
set up several laptops for community members to use to take the free online
screening test through Military Pathways, called Drinking IQ.
“It’s important for people to
understand their level of drinking and if it’s putting them at risk for health
problems or impairment-related problems, like driving under the influence
citations,” said Brandon French, prevention coordinator, ASAP, Directorate of
The screening let
participants know if their drinking level put them at risk for alcohol-related
problems and counselors were available at the event to speak to anyone
anonymously, if they desired.
The screening also asked about
family history, health factors and lifestyle choices to determine if a person
was at risk.
“It’s a good thing for
everyone to do, especially those (who) are 21 and (have) just started
drinking,” said Pfc. Travis Sinser, 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd
Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.
Sinser was among the first to
take the screening test and said it’s important to realize how much a person is
actually drinking, and if there is alcoholism in their family because it’s
An information booth with
pamphlets about responsible alcohol consumption was available, as well as a
free water bottle for those who completed the screening.
Another Soldier who
participated in the screening said he felt the test was important, but honesty
mattered the most.
“I think if you’re honest with
yourself, you never have to take that test,” said Sgt. 1st Class LeCallur Mack,
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Inf.
The alcohol screening is available
online by visiting www.drinkingiq.org.
For more information about
alcohol awareness and responsible alcohol consumption, visit