APRIL IS ALCOHOL AWARENESS MONTH!
Founded and sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD), Alcohol Awareness Month was established in 1987 to help reduce the stigma so often associated with alcoholism by encouraging communities to reach out to the American public each April with information about alcohol, alcoholism and recovery. Alcoholism 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!
Alcohol Awareness Month provides a focused opportunity across America to increase awareness and understanding of alcoholism, its causes, effective treatment and recovery. It is an opportunity to decrease stigma and misunderstandings in order to dismantle the barriers to treatment and recovery, and thus, make seeking help more readily available to those who suffer from this disease.
The 2016 theme, "Talk Early, Talk Often: Parents Can Make a Difference in Teen Alcohol Use," is designed to draw attention to the role parents can play in preventing teen alcohol use. Reducing underage drinking is critical to securing a healthy future for America's youth and in a society that continually promotes alcohol and drug use at every level, the need to provide education on the dangers of alcohol and/or drug abuse and its effects on children is great -- and parents need to know the important part they can play in this effort.