Alcohol Awareness Month 2013: More About Alcoholism
April is Alcohol Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, or NCADD. Alcohol is one of the most socially acceptable drugs and the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States to date. Around 17.6 million people suffer from alcohol abuse or alcoholism and about 1 in 12 adults has an alcohol dependence problem. More than half of all adults have some form of family history associated with alcoholism or alcohol abuse. More than 7 million children live in a household where there is at least one adult who is suffering from alcoholism. With numbers like these, it’s a shock to think that the facts about alcoholism, alcohol abuse, and alcohol dependence are so unknown.
More About Alcohol Awareness Month
The stereotype about alcoholism and what it means to be an alcoholic has to be smashed. The alcoholic is no longer just the homeless man living under a bridge, although from years of drinking many could possibly end up there. Alcoholism affects every kind of person from Wall Street to the local soccer mom, to even the local baker in town. There is no rhyme or reason to who or how one becomes an alcoholic. The disease of alcoholism is cunning, baffling, and powerful, but there is hope. Many alcoholics have recovered and live happy, full lives without drinking.
Alcoholism is not just about how much a person drinks or when they drink, it’s about what happens both physically and mentally to the alcoholic when they do drink. The desire and craving to drink more, the compulsive thinking about drinking or when they will be able to drink again really determines the alcoholic’s behavior. These symptoms, or signs, at first are very subtle. It may take years for an alcoholic to fully suffer from alcoholism and the effects. For others, it may take a short amount time to become a full blown alcoholic. There is no definitive answer, which is why it’s so important for the alcoholic themselves to come to terms with their addiction. They are the ones that have to fully concede to their inner most selves that they are a real alcoholic and need help. Alcohol Awareness Month gives us the opportunity to spread the word so that others know they are not alone.
Try Not Drinking Alcohol For One Weekend
This weekend during alcohol awareness month, NCADD is pushing their campaign to not drink alcohol from April 5-7. We encourage all our readers who may be suffering from alcoholism or alcohol dependence to try and not drink alcohol this weekend. If you have alcoholic tendencies you may start to feel a little uneasy even just reading this. If you are a real alcoholic who has progressively crossed that line into alcoholism, doing this may seem impossible. If you or someone you love is suffering from alcoholism, you do not have to do this alone. Give us a call today at 1-800-861-1768 and we will show you how to get and stay sober long-term.
Written By: Watershed Ashling