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'Drinking' site could help spot trouble

| Sunday, July 11, 2010

A new government website, "Rethinking Drinking," uses a 20-question assessment to determine whether your drinking patterns are safe, risky or harmful.

The Web site also provides facts about two medications approved to treat alcohol dependence. Traditional treatments have not included medications. Statistics show that 75 percent of people receiving traditional treatments relapse within one year.

To find a physician in your area, visit www.alcoholanswers.org/local . For online self assessment, visit www.rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov .

Destination Wellness programs

Upcoming programs at Alle-Kiski Medical Center's Destination Wellness at Pittsburgh Mills, Frazer, include:

BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR Renewal, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. You must have earned a course completion card for a healthcare provider CPR class within the past two years. The class covers the information in the healthcare provider class in an abbreviated format. Upon completion, participants receive a card valid for two years. Fee is $30, including student manual.

Heartsaver First Aid with AED/CPR, 1 to 6 p.m. July 17. This first aid class includes basic first aid, adult, child and infant CPR an automated external defibrillator (AED) usage. A certification given after completion of skills and written testing and is valid for two years. Fee is $45 and includes student manual.

BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR, 5 to 10 p.m. July 19. This class for healthcare providers includes adult, child and infant CPR. Two-rescuer scenarios with bag valve mask, foreign body airway obstruction and automated external defibrillation, certification card valid for two years will be given to participants after completion of skills and written testing. Fee is 450 and includes student manual.

Space is limited for all the classes. To register, call 724-274-5202.

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