APRIL - Alcohol Awareness Month
Alcohol Awareness Month, established in 1987, was created to help lower the stigma associated with alcohol addiction. During the month of April, communities across America distrubute helpful information about alcohol, the disease of alcohol addiction, effective treatment, and recovery.
Did you know? Alcoholism is a genetically predisposed disease that can result in death if left untreated. As of this year however, it is estimated that over 20 million people are living in alcoholism recovery.
Drinking too much alcohol increases people’s risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, and some types of cancer. This April, during Alcohol Awareness Month, Near North Health Service Corporation encourages you to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of drinking too much.
Strategies to limit your intake:
If you are drinking too much, you can improve your health by cutting back or quitting. Here are some strategies to help you cut back or stop drinking:
Limit your drinking to no more than 1 drink a day.
Keep track of how much you drink.
Choose a day each week when you will not drink.
Don’t drink when you are upset.
Limit the amount of alcohol you keep at home.
Avoid places where people drink a lot.
Make a list of reasons not to drink.
Alcoholism is a very sensitive subject for the individuals and families it embeds itself in. When speaking to others about treatment and recovery, make sure you are educated and understanding.
For more information about Alcohol Awareness Month, please visit facingaddiction.org