What is Alcohol Awareness Month?
Established in 1987, Alcohol Awareness Month is a health awareness campaign that was formerly sponsored by the National Council for Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). It takes place every April with the aim of raising awareness for communities and to help understand the causes and treatment available for one of the nation’s biggest health issues. The campaign also aims to reduce the social stigma associated with alcoholism and to educate people on how the disease can be addressed, offering help and advice for families as well as direct engagement with those afflicted with alcohol addiction.
Why is alcohol awareness important?
Alcohol addiction and abuse claims thousands of lives across the country each year. Some notable statistics on alcohol addiction include:
- More than 65 million Americans report binge drinking or heavy drinking in a one-month period, which is more than 40% of those who drink alcohol.
- In 2019, there were 10,142 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities, totaling 28% of all traffic fatalities for the year
- Teen alcohol use kills 4,300 people each year, more than all illegal drugs combined.
By making people more aware of the situation and the viable solutions, alcohol awareness month aims to reduce the pain and suffering alcohol abuse causes to people’s lives.
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