NCADD: April Is Alcohol Awareness Month 2017
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, NCADD, declared April “Alcohol Awareness Month” in 1987. Since then, their mission has been to raise public awareness about alcohol abuse, alcoholism, prevention, and recovery.
Alcohol Awareness Month 2017
Each year, NCADD presents a theme in association with Alcohol Awareness Month. This year’s theme is “Connecting the Dots: Opportunities for Recovery.” The mission is to help parents and the community play an active role in helping educate and prevent the abuse of alcohol and ultimately alcoholism. Andrew Pucher, President and CEO of NCADD stated, “Alcohol and drug use is a very risky business for young people, and parents can make a difference. The longer children delay drinking and drug use, the less likely they are to develop any problems associated with it. That’s why it is so important to help your child connect the dots and make smart decisions about alcohol and drugs.”
In 2016, NCADD’s theme was “Talk Early, Talk Often: Parents Can Make a Difference in Teen Alcohol Use.”
Alcohol Free Weekend
Alcohol-Free Weekend* is NCADD’s biggest campaign push during Alcohol Awareness Month. The idea is to raise public alcohol awareness about the use and abuse of alcohol and how it affects families, friends, and communities. During the Alcohol-Free Weekend, NCADD welcomes all those who feel they may have a problem with alcohol to engage in three full days free from drinking alcohol. If a person finds it difficult or unmanageable to do so, then they are urged to seek outside help for their possible drinking problem. Resources like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Al-Anon Family Groups, and The Watershed will be able to provide more information about the disease of addiction and how to treat alcoholism. This year, the challenge started the weekend of March 31-April 2, 2017. Even though the weekend has passed, it is never too late to participate in an alcohol free weekend, or even a full week. So pick a few days out of this month and see if you can stick to it. If you can’t, that’s OK. We can help, so please feel free to send us a message through live chat or call directly at 1-800-861-1768. We have counselors standing by 24/7, so you are not alone.
Alcoholism can affect anyone, anywhere, and at any age. It’s the only disease that tells the alcoholic they don’t have the disease of addiction. The stigma of alcoholism is slowly changing through public awareness, but still, more work needs to be done. NCADD, and other organizations like NCAAD, help break the stigma that alcoholism is a moral dilemma rather than a medical one. There is hope and people do recover from alcoholism if they are willing to get the help they deserve. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol related problems, it’s time to get help now.
*Alcohol-free Weekend Warning: If when you try to stop drinking, you find yourself experiencing withdrawal symptoms, please seek immediate medical attention immediately. Abruptly stopping alcohol, depending on years and amounts consumed, may cause serious injury or even death. You should never try to detox from alcohol on your own.