April is National Alcohol Awareness Month

Dear HCC Member:
Happy Spring everyone! We hope that you and your families are all safe at home during this COVID-19 crisis.

Being that April is Alcohol Awareness Month, this issue includes some articles and resources you can share with your circle of influence.

As always, if you have any questions about anything contained in this newsletter or related to youth substance use prevention, please do not hesitate to contact us at hcc@councilonaddiction.org or (716) 373-4303 ext. 518.

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The HCC Poster Contest Has Been Launched!

We launched our " ______ is better than drinking alcohol" poster contest last week. It is on our social media pages and has been sent to some school teachers. The details and rules are also posted on our website as well. Entrants are sending thier creations to Tara's email and we're excited to see what students come up with.

HCC releases a new video
"Dealing With Family Stress and Conflict During This Difficult Time"

HCC Created these postcards that we are working to get handed out with lunch deliveries at some of the schools.

What is Alcohol Awareness Month? Alcohol Awareness Month is a public health program organized by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence as a way of increasing outreach and education regarding the dangers of alcoholism and issues related to alcohol. The program was started in April 1987 with the intention of targeting college-aged students who might be drinking too much as part of their newfound freedom. It has since become a national movement to draw more attention to the causes and effects of alcoholism as well as how to help families and communities deal with drinking problems..  Read More  

How to Help Children and Teens Manage Their Stress
In the short term, stress can push a child to practice for her piano recital or inspire a teen to study when he’d rather be out with friends. But chronic stress is different. 
Left unchecked,  long-term stress can contribute to a long list of physical and mental health problems . Prolonged stress can cause high blood pressure, weaken the immune system and contribute to diseases such as obesity and heart disease. It can also lead to mental health problems such as anxiety and depression—disorders that are becoming more common in youth. In a 2018 study, researchers analyzed data from the National Survey of Mental Health and found that  rates of anxiety and depression had increased in kids  ages 6 to 17, from 5.4% in 2003 to 8.4% in 2011-12.  Read More

A Month Without Alcohol-30 Things To Do Instead Of Drinking
When you give up drinking it can seem like all of the fun things you used to do go with it. Most of our social lives revolve around alcohol, which not only is unhealthy but can lead to the slippery slope of addiction . Read More  

April 25th is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day!

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