Each April, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) sponsors Alcohol Awareness Month. The goal of alcohol awareness month is to help increase awareness and understanding of alcoholism, its causes, effective treatment, and recovery. It also seeks to provide those who suffer from alcoholism an opportunity to connect with accessible resources.

This year’s Alcohol Awareness Month theme is “Changing Attitudes: It’s Not A ‘Rite Of Passage.’” The mission is to educate people — especially youth — about preventing and treating alcoholism. It will also emphasize the vital role parents play in helping kids develop a better understanding of the negative impact alcohol can have on their lives. Local NCADD affiliates, schools, colleges, churches, and many other community organizations sponsor various activities to help create awareness, and encourage individuals and families to get help for alcohol-related problems.

Here are some things you can do in April to raise awareness about and help prevent alcohol misuse, both at home and in the community:

  • Encourage friends and family members to make small changes, like keeping track of their drinking and setting drinking limits.
  • Encourage parents to talk with their kids about the risks of alcohol use.
  • Share information on social media about Alcohol Awareness Month.

Looking for more information on alcohol awareness month? Check out these resources, or contact your MCCS Substance Abuse Counseling Center.