HEALTHY CHOICES, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES: PREVENT UNDERAGE DRINKING
NCADD Alcohol Awareness – The Key to Community Change, Personal and Family Recovery.
Alcohol Awareness Month, held every April, was founded by and has been sponsored by NCADD since 1987 to increase public awareness and understanding aimed at reducing the stigma that too often prevents individuals and families from seeking help.
Over consumption of alcohol can lead to major health risks at any point of a drinkers drinking career. Long term abuse may lead to addiction and alcohol dependency. During Alcohol Awareness Month, The Watershed encourages you to take this time to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of alcohol addiction and abuse.
Alcohol Awareness Month Statistics: Alarming facts about underage drinking
- Over 6,500 kids, under the age of 21, die from alcohol-related injuries annually.
- Alcohol is the number one drug of choice for America’s young people, more than tobacco or illicit drugs.
- Those who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcoholism than those who begin at age 21.
- Each day, 7,000 kids in the United States under the age of 16 take their first drink.
- And, underage alcohol use costs the nation an estimated $62 billion annually!
If you are drinking too much, you can improve your health by cutting back or quitting. If you find that you can not stop even when you want to and are unsure if you have a problem with alcohol, or if you are concerned about someone else’s drinking, take this free and confidential quiz now: Alcohol Addiction Quiz
For more information about the signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse, click here: Symptoms and signs of addiction and alcohol abuse
The Watershed Addiction Treatment Programs offers a free 24 hour addiction treatment helpline and referral service. Through providing valuable addiction treatment options, The Watershed ensures that every individual calling in receives the type of care they deserve. No matter how desperate the situation, The Watershed can help 1-800-861-1768.
Information Retrieved from The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD): http://www.ncadd.org/index.php/programs-a-services/alcohol-awareness-monthTags: Addiction, Alcohol abuse, Alcohol and Drug Treatment, Alcohol Awareness, Alcoholism, NCADD, Progressive Disease, Recovery, The Watershed Addiction Treatment