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Healthcare staffing agency, Aureus Medical, encourages alcohol safety during Alcohol Awareness Month as a travel nurse

Omaha, NE, (April 17, 2014) - April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and for the travel nurse, it marks a time to deepen patients' understanding about alcohol. Aureus Medical Group, a nationwide leader in healthcare staffing, shares important information about Alcohol Awareness Month for travel nurse professionals.

The nationwide campaign, launched by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, exposes the health problems caused by excessive drinking. Not only does dependency on alcohol spell trouble for your body, it also can also cause social problems and strain relationships with family and friends.

You are in a special position to intervene with patients' alcohol problems and offer solutions and encouragement. In fact, regular information and advice sessions for nurses could help 40 percent of dependent drinkers to give up alcohol completely, according to the Royal College of Nursing's 2010 International Research.

"This research adds to the growing bank of evidence showing the value nurses can provide in helping to reduce the harm caused by excessive drinking," Dr. Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary of the RCN, said in a press release. "The time nurses spend with patients provides a valuable window of opportunity to encourage people to think about whether they might be drinking too much and to signpost them to further information and advice."

Binge drinking
Nearly 95 percent of people who suffer from alcoholism don't know they have it, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found. People of all personalities may be susceptible to it, and excessive drinking hits home more than we think – especially in the form of binge drinking.

For men, binge drinking is defined as consuming five or more drinks during a single occasion and for women, consuming four or more drinks during a single occasion. A national survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found 1 in 6 adults in the U.S. binge drinks about four times a month. More than half of the alcohol consumed by adults in the country is in the form of excessive drinking. While college students have a reputation of boozing long past the point of intoxication, binge drinkers aged 65 years and older report binge drinking more often, at an average of five to six times a month.

Read the full article to learn the health problems associated with alcohol abuse.

About Aureus Medical Group:

Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide.  With more than 30 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire.  Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 45 years.