Each year April is recognized as Alcohol Awareness Month, which is sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). Despite all the media attention that marijuana and heroin have received lately, alcohol is still the most widely abused drug in America.
Each year alcohol abuse costs the United States an estimated $220 billion in terms of direct and indirect consequences. These include traffic accidents, lost productivity at work, domestic violence, theft, sexual assault and other horrific crimes. The loss of lives each year is staggering.
The best way to help prevent some of these from occurring is to continue effective substance abuse education programs and set good examples for young people through our pop culture. Unfortunately there aren’t enough programs out there and even fewer good role models for teenagers, as most of the “stars” they look up to these days tend to glorify alcohol abuse.
This year’s Alcohol Awareness Month theme was “Help for Today. Hope For Tomorrow,” and focused on youth prevention and early intervention. According to the Council, “reducing underage drinking is critical to securing a healthy future for America’s youth and requires a cooperative effort from parents, schools, community organizations, business leaders, government agencies, the entertainment industry, alcohol manufacturers/retailers and young people.”
Of course if underage alcohol abuse goes unchecked then it often grows into an even bigger problem as an adult. If you know of someone in need of an alcohol intervention, contact us today for more information about getting help for them.