Today is the first day of the annual Alcohol Awareness Month. Since 1987, the month of April has been dedicated to the education and awareness of the risks of excessive alcohol use and reducing the stigma associated with alcohol use disorders.
The need for alcohol awareness is more important than ever. Over the past year, many people have turned to drinking to help cope with COVID-19 related stressors only to find that, as the months go by, excessive alcohol use only makes them feel worse. This is because alcohol directly affects the brain and leads to changes in mood and behavior. It worsens depression, anxiety, immune function, and numerous other health problems.
Now is the time to take a step back, to reassess our habits around drinking. If you find yourself or a loved one having a drinking problem, don’t wait. Our resource webpage includes information on helplines and links to virtual resources that can help steer you in right direction. Many providers are offering virtual appointments, including our clinic.
This disease is absolutely treatable. The proof is with the millions of people who are living in recovery. Take the first step today, and know we are here to support you.
Frederic C. Blow, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, U-M Addiction Center