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NCADD Names April as the Official Alcohol Awareness Month

What do you believe to be the most commonly abused addictive substance in the United States? With the opioid epidemic claiming so many lives and causing so much hardship from coast-to-coast, opiates and similar painkillers might be your first guess – but this would be incorrect. The answer is actually alcohol.

Here are some fast facts you need to know about alcohol abuse:

  • Nearly 50% of American adults drink alcohol regularly.
  • Nearly 18 million Americans abuse alcohol or have an alcohol dependency.
  • Approximately 25% of Americans aged 18 to 44 binge drink – consuming four or more drinks in less than two hours – at least once a month.
  • Close to 90,000 Americans lose their lives each year due to alcohol-related complications.
  • About 40% of all non-ICU, non-maternity hospital beds are occupied by patients who became ill or injured due to alcohol abuse.
  • Alcohol addiction can cause dementia, heart congestion, liver disease, and a variety of other significant physical and psychiatric problems if left untreated.

In order to combat alcoholism and get help to millions of Americans in need, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) has designated April to be its official Alcohol Awareness Month. Beginning back in 1987, the Alcohol Awareness Month campaign from the NCADD has been fighting to eliminate the stigma of alcoholism that keeps so many people from seeking treatment and therapies that could allow them to overcome their addiction. The more people realize alcoholism is as real a disease as any other, the more likely we can all begin fighting alcoholism and supporting people going through recovery.

How Can You Help with Alcohol Awareness Month?

To reduce the number of alcoholism-related injuries and fatalities each year, it will take an effort from everyone. If you would like to help with Alcohol Awareness Month, please feel free to share this blog with friends and family or talk to them about the work of the NCADD. You can also challenge your friends to an Alcohol-Free Weekend, asking them to refrain from any alcohol use on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. If they do refrain, consider hosting a fun event or dinner as a thanks!

For more information about Alcohol Awareness Month, you can click here to visit the official NCADD website. Remember: every April is Alcohol Awareness Month, so you can participate in this campaign each year.

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