NCADD Announces 2015 April Alcohol Awareness Month Theme

 

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) sponsors the April Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness to on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues.  This April, 2015, the theme is “For the Health of It: Early Education on Alcoholism and Addiction,” to educate people about the treatment and prevention of alcoholism with highlights to underage drinking.

History of Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol Awareness Month was founded and sponsored by NCADD in 1987 to encourage communities spread the awareness to the public about alcohol, alcoholism, and recovery.  Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease that can be passed genetically.  It is a treatable and people can recover from it.

In the month of Alcohol Awareness Month is Alcohol-Free Weekend, that falls on the first weekend of April.  This year will be April 3-5, 2015.  It is to raise awareness about the use of alcohol and how it affects individuals, families, businesses, and communities all across America.  During this weekend, NCADD encourages all Americans to engage in three days of being alcohol-free and anyone who may experience any difficulty or discomfort in the 72-hour experiment are urged to contact local NCADD Affiliates, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Al-Anon to learn more about alcoholism and its early symptoms.

April Alcohol Awareness Month

2015 Theme

This April, 2015, will be filled with local, state, and national events aimed to educate people about treatment and prevention of alcoholism.  Local NCADD Affiliates, schools, colleges, churches, and community organizations may sponsor activities to spread awareness and encourage everyone to get help for any type of alcohol-related issues, especially underage drinking.
The cause to reduce underage drinking is to ensure the future of America’s youth and to spread the education for the dangers of alcohol and/or substance abuse and the effects on children.  Alcohol used by the youth is a serious issue and has association with traffic fatalities, violence, suicide, education failure, overdose, unsafe sex, even for people who may never develop a serious addiction.  Alcohol is the number one drug choice for American youth, and is responsible for more deaths than all illegal drugs combined.
Reducing the underage drinking in America requires effort from everyone; parents, schools, community organizations, business leaders, government agencies, entertainment industry, alcohol manufacturers/retailers, and the youth!

Some Facts about Underage Drinking in America

  • About 6,500, under 21, people die each year from alcohol-related accidents and thousands are injured.
  • Every day 7,000, under 16, take their first drink of alcohol.
  • Children who drink before 15 are 4 times more likely to develop alcoholism than those who begin at 21.
  • 1,700+ college students are killed each year, about 4.65 a day, as a result of alcohol-related injuries.
  • 25% of children are exposed to alcohol-use disorders in their family.

April Alcohol Awareness Month

What you can do During Alcohol Awareness Month

Use the month of April to raise awareness about alcohol abuse and take some actions to prevent it both in the home and community.

  • As obvious as it is, do not drink during the month of April!
  • Speak to your own children about the dangers of alcohol and even ask their closest friends to listen.
  • Encourage everyone to make small changes in their lives by keeping track of their drinking and setting limits.
  • Share tips with parents, teachers, and adult role models to speak with children about the risks of alcohol use.
  • Encourage doctors and nurses to speak with their patients about the benefits of less or quitting drinking.
  • Volunteer at community events that is working towards awareness of alcohol.
  • Share on social media about Alcohol Awareness Month.

April Alcohol Awareness MonthApril is Alcohol Awareness Month and let’s help spread the awareness of alcohol-related issues and what we can do to protect America’s youth from the consequences of alcohol!  If you would like to speak someone about any alcohol-related issues, either for yourself or someone you may know, please contact Bridgeway Behavioral Health, 866-758-1152 or http://www.bridgewaybh.com/.

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