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April is Alcohol Awareness Month
April is Alcohol Awareness Month
Mary Slattery
Wednesday, April 03, 2019

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

One in every 12 adults, or 17.6 million people, suffer from alcohol use disorder or alcohol dependence.   Alcohol Awareness Month was established in 1987 to help reduce the stigma so often associated with alcohol addiction by encouraging communities to reach out with information about alcohol, alcohol addiction, and recovery. Alcohol addiction is a chronic, progressive disease, genetically predisposed and fatal if untreated. However, people can and do recover. In fact, it is estimated that as many as 20 million individuals and family members are living lives in recovery from alcohol use!

With this year’s theme — “Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow” — the month of April will be filled with events aimed at educating people about the treatment and prevention of alcohol addiction, particularly among our youth, and the important role that parents can play in giving kids a better understanding of the impact that alcohol can have on their lives. 

An integral part of Alcohol Awareness Month is Alcohol-Free Weekend, April 5-7, 2019 to raise awareness about the use of alcohol and how it may be affecting individuals, families and our communities. During Alcohol-Free Weekend, your family is to engage in three alcohol-free days. Those individuals or families who experience difficulty or discomfort in this 72-hour experiment are urged to seek help.   Check out Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Al-Anon to learn more about alcohol use disorder and its early symptoms.  Get help here