15 Apr April Is Alcohol Awareness Month
The month of April has been designated as Alcohol Awareness Month. Since 1987, individuals in recovery, family members and advocacy groups have been using the month of April to reduce stigma associated with alcoholism by hosting events & programs, and launching media strategies & awareness campaigns.
We know that alcoholism is a chronic disease, genetically predisposed, and fatal if untreated. But, we also know that Treatment Works and People Recover! In fact, we know that there are approximately 20 million individuals and family members that are living their lives in recovery.
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has offered up the following suggestions on how you can get involved this month to raise awareness about alcohol abuse and take action to prevent it:
- Encourage friends or family members to make small changes, like keeping track of their drinking and setting drinking limits.
- Share tips with parents to help them talk with their kids about the risks of alcohol use.
- Ask doctors and nurses to talk to their patients about the benefits of drinking less or quitting.
Join with us this month in working to change the conversation and heighten awareness on the fact that Alcoholism is a chronic disease, that can be successfully treated, and individuals in recovery become active and contributing members of their communities!