National Alcohol Awareness Month
April marks the 27th annual National Alcohol Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD); a nationwide campaign intended to raise awareness of the health and social problems that excessive alcohol consumption can cause for individuals, their families, and their communities.
This year’s theme, “Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow” is focused on underage drinking and the particularly dangerous effects alcohol can have on a young person’s health, safety, and future.
According to the NCADD, alcohol and drugs are the leading cause of crime and factors leading to youth suicide, with approximately 23 million people over the age of 12 now suffering addiction. Studies have shown that people who drink before the age of 15 are five times more likely to develop abuse issues than those who start at age 21 or older. Researchers are learning that alcohol can be particularly detrimental on a young person’s developing brain, limiting its proper growth and potential.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that 51.5% of American adults regularly consume alcohol. In the United States the CDC reported 79,000 total deaths due to excessive alcohol; a very troubling statistic.
Continued abuse can develop into many health issues such as dementia, stroke, heart attack, liver disease, and high blood pressure. Social issues such as depression, anxiety, decreased productivity, and family problems may also develop.
What can you do to help prevent our youth from heading down this troubled road? Here are a few different methods that will help you get started:
- Learn the facts – visit http://www.ncadd.org/index.php/learn-about-alcohol/faqsfacts for additional information and ways to talk to your kids about alcohol and drugs.
- Help us raise awareness of the issue by sharing this post via email or on Facebook and Twitter.
- Donate unwanted goods to our Family Stores to help fund our Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARC) for adults who have lost their way.
Every donation of unwanted goods to our Family Stores help fund life-saving drug and alcohol counseling at The Salvation Army’s ARC’s .
For over 100 years, The Salvation Army has helped individuals in their struggle with alcohol misuse. Our six-month program consists of counseling, good food, work therapy, life skills classes, leisure time, group bonding, and spiritual direction.
Thousands of individuals from all over the country are given a fresh start through our centers each year. If you know of someone who would benefit from this type of counseling, please contact us by visiting www.satruck.org.
Local, state, and national level partners with the NCADD host a variety of activities to educate people about treatment and prevention of alcoholism.