April is Alcohol Awareness Month!

Alcohol Awareness Month was founded and established by National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) in 1987 to help reduce the stigma associated with alcoholism by encouraging communities to reach out to the American public each April.

The month provides opportunities for the community to come together to increase awareness and understand alcoholism. For a future full of youths, it is important to talk to our children about the dangers of drinking and drug use. Alcohol use by young adults is extremely dangerous to themselves and to society, and has been directly associated with traffic fatalities, violence, suicide, educational failure, overdose, unsafe sex, and other behavioral problems. Overall, excessive alcohol use, including underage drinking and binge drinking can lead to increased risk of health problems including injuries, liver disease and cancer.

According to the CDC, excessive alcohol consumption accounted for nearly 1 in 10 deaths among working-age US adults aged 20-64. Excessive alcohol use led to approximately 88,000 deaths and 2.5 million years of potential life lost each year, shortening the lives of those who died by an average of 30 years.