Alcohol Awareness Month: Recognizing the Alcohol-Free Weekend
April 2016 will mark the 30th Annual National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) observance of Alcohol Awareness Month, which is acknowledged throughout the month of April. To initiate this month of awareness, April 1 through 3 is announced to be the Alcohol-Free Weekend, an integral part of the Alcohol Awareness Month.
Alcohol Awareness Month
Alcohol Awareness Month is a directed effort toward increasing awareness and understanding of alcoholism, its causes, effective treatment and sustained recovery.
Such a platform helps open avenues for reducing stigma and misapprehensions to break the barriers to treatment and recovery. Ultimately, the aim is to make help more readily available to those who suffer from alcoholism and are seeking it.
Alcohol-Free Weekend is a premeditated opportunity to raise public awareness about the use of alcohol and its effect on individuals, families and the society. The council invites all citizens, regardless of age or occupation, to participate in three alcohol-free days and use this time to reach out to local NCADD affiliates and other agencies to educate themselves about alcoholism.
All participants are encouraged to refrain from all alcohol usage for the entire weekend, allowing themselves a solid opportunity to self-assess their ease and tolerance with abstaining from alcohol.
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As the weekend concludes, those who experienced difficulty of any sort are encouraged to contact local NCAAD affiliates or other support groups for professional assistance. Self-tests provided at the website and other locations will prove to be useful in case one have experienced a recent increase in alcohol intake.
If you find it troublesome to abstain for this long, then starting out with family or other social support may help you establish a healthier lifestyle. However, if this fails, then seriously considering a rehab has to be your next step. Experiences of many alcoholics have displayed how lack of control allows alcohol to control your life instead, resulting in early death or a serious illness/disability. The harm is not just limited to the self but may extend to loved ones as well, physically, emotionally and mentally.
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This is also a good time to initiate a conversation with a teen about the detrimental impact of alcohol abuse on a person’s life and future. Self-tests for teens on the NCAAD website help uncover whether they or any of their friends are at risk for alcohol dependence or substance abuse.
Fun ideas for an alcohol-free weekend
Here are a few ideas of how to enjoy a weekend without alcohol.
- There are many delicious recipes out there for nonalcoholic drinks. Host a party with friends and serve different types of alcohol-free drinks.
- Get together with family or peers and have a sports game together.
- Relax at home with a movie marathon or favorite book.
- Light up a fire and have a bonfire. S’mores could add some flavor to occasion.
- Go hiking and ensure staying hydrated with plenty of water.
- Meditate or do yoga. Relax your mind and body.
- This might also be a good chance to catch up on your house chores or get started on spring cleaning.
- Discover a new place to visit in your town or city.
- Catch up with a family member or an old friend over a coffee.
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