YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown State is hosting its first-ever National Alcohol Screening Day event to reduce the stigma around substance abuse.
The goal is to raise awareness of alcohol use at colleges.
Students will be asked to do a brief anonymous questionnaire on their alcohol use, then talk about their answers with YSU counseling students.
“We really feel like this is especially timely, given that folks are starting to congregate again and getting together,” said Amy Williams, YSU counseling assistant professor. “So we just really want to raise awareness and, hopefully, help people celebrate safely if they’re coming together in that way.”
The response to the event was encouraging. Assistant Professor Kristin Bruns said there was a line out the door at Kilcawley Center.
“We were very excited to see the students signing up for this type of event,” Bruns said.
The first 200 students were given free ice cream.
University officials hope the screening day will become an annual event.