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ASAP schools Soldiers with Drinking IQ during screening

By Jessica Healey | 1ST INF. DIV POST | May 19, 2014

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 Human Resources.

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 hereditary.

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. Div.

The alcohol screening is available online by visiting www.drinkingiq.org.

For more information about alcohol awareness and responsible alcohol consumption, visit www.riley.army.mil/Services/SoldierServices/ArmySubstanceAbuseProgram.aspx.