Founded and sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc., (NCADD), Alcohol Awareness Month was first recognized in 1987 as a focused effort to diminish the associated stigma with alcoholism. The nation’s top public health problem is acknowledged through a broad range of media strategies, awareness campaigns, programs and events in local communities, targeted at reaching the public with information about alcoholism and recovery.
“Underage drinking is a complex issue,” said Andrew Pucher, president and chief executive officer of NCADD, “one that can only be solved through a sustained and cooperative effort.”
“As a nation, we need to wake up to the reality that for some, alcoholism and addiction develop at a young age and that intervention, treatment, and recovery support are essential for them and their families,” said Pucher. “We can’t afford to wait any longer.”
Talk Early, Talk Often
This year’s theme, “Talk Early, Talk Often: Parents Can Make a Difference in Teen Alcohol Use,” focuses the attention of local, state and national events toward educating people about treatment and prevention of alcoholism, particularly among our youth, and the crucial role that parents can execute.
“Alcohol and drug use is a very risky business for young people, and parents can make a difference,” commented Pucher.
Schools, colleges and churches alongside numerous other organizations are slated to support a range of activities aimed at creating awareness and promoting individuals and families to acquire assistance for problems related to alcohol.
Alcohol use among the youth
Alcohol remains the most used and abused substance among the youth.
“The longer children delay drinking and drug use, the less likely they are to develop any problems associated with it,” explained Pucher. “That’s why it’s so important to help your child make smart decisions about alcohol and drugs.”
How can you make a difference this Alcohol Awareness Month?
We can all contribute toward and utilize this month to raise awareness about alcohol abuse and take action to prevent it, both at home and in the community.
Here are a few ideas:
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