April is Alcohol Awareness Month and a great time to learn about the health and social problems caused by drinking too much. The list of negative consequences associated with excessive alcohol use (short – and long-term) includes the following and more: liver disease, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, certain kinds of cancer, violence, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
The entire month of April provides a focused opportunity across America devoted to awareness and education about the misuse and abuse of alcohol. It’s something that affects individuals, families, businesses, and communities.
Alcohol Abuse Facts
According to the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence, alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the U.S., with 17.6 million people or 1 in every 12 adults suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence.
Ideas about who can lead the charge
Health professionals can help you choose recovery over addiction, misuse, and abuse of alcohol. They can talk about the benefits of drinking less or quitting altogether.
Schools, colleges, universities, churches, and community organizations can reach kids, youths, teens, young adults, and families by initiating conversations about the dangers of alcohol and its impact on their lives.
More Ideas to Promote Alcohol Awareness Month
Educational Brochures, bookmarks, and other printed material can be used to get facts in front of individuals in your community. You can put your name, logo, or message on these items. You can also partner with non-profit agencies, health facilities, or other organizations on educational programs.
More About Alcohol Awareness Month
Founded and sponsored by NCADD, Alcohol Awareness Month was established in 1987 to help reduce the stigma so often associated with alcoholism by encouraging communities to reach out to the American public each April with information about alcohol, alcoholism, and recovery.
Alcohol Awareness Month provides a focused opportunity across America to increase awareness and understanding of alcoholism, its causes, effective treatment, and recovery.