It’s Alcohol Awareness Month
April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and it’s no secret that alcohol use affects millions of lives across the world every day. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) began this tradition as a yearly reminder to increase awareness around consequences associated with alcohol abuse in 1987.
While we may have heard stories about moms, dads and friends scared into sobriety due to destroyed relationships or health problems caused by their drinking; life after addiction can be full of hope if you seek help.
In honor of the month-long campaign recognizing those affected by alcoholism, this blog post aims to tackle myths associated with overcoming an addiction using knowledge and understanding instead of shame or stigma. Let’s learn together how best to tackle alcohol addiction head on.
Intro to Alcohol Awareness Month – History, Stats, and Why it Matters
Alcohol Awareness Month is an important time to reflect on the impact that alcohol consumption has on our communities. This month is not just about statistics and history, but about the real lives that are affected by alcohol abuse. It is heartbreaking to know that approximately 88,000 people die every year due to alcohol-related causes in the United States alone.
These are fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, and friends who are taken from us too soon. On the brighter side, this month also gives us the opportunity to spread awareness about the dangers of excessive drinking and inspire people to seek help if they are struggling.
By being kind and compassionate towards those who may be struggling with alcohol, we can make a positive impact in the lives of those around us. Let us use this month to educate ourselves and others on the importance of alcohol awareness, so that we can create a safer and healthier world for all.
The Stigma Around Alcoholism and How We Can Overcome It
Alcoholism is a disease that affects millions of people across the globe, yet there is still a significant stigma attached to it. Those who struggle with alcoholism are often shamed and ostracized, instead of being shown kindness and compassion. It’s time we break down these barriers and start treating alcohol addiction like any other chronic illness.
To overcome the stigma, we must educate ourselves and others about the disease and its effects, offer support and resources to those who need it, and celebrate those who are in recovery. By changing the conversation surrounding alcoholism, we can create a more inclusive and supportive society for all.
Facts and Figures About Alcohol Abuse in the US
Alcohol abuse is a widespread problem in the United States, with devastating consequences for individuals and families. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, over 14 million adults in the US suffered from alcoholism in 2019. Additionally, over 400,000 adolescents between the ages of 12-17 were classified with an alcohol use disorder.
The toll of alcoholism is not only emotional but also physical. Alcohol use contributes to over 95,000 deaths per year in the US alone. It is important to recognize the seriousness of alcohol abuse and provide support and resources for those who are struggling with addiction. Let’s work together to combat this epidemic and bring hope to those who need it most.
Warning Signs of Alcohol Addiction
It’s not always easy to recognize the warning signs of alcohol addiction, especially when it’s happening to someone we care about. It’s important to approach the situation with compassion and understanding, recognizing that addiction is a disease that often requires professional help. Some of the warning signs may include neglecting responsibilities, such as work or family obligations, as well as becoming defensive or aggressive when questioned about their alcohol consumption.
If you are concerned about a loved one, don’t hesitate to offer support and encourage them to seek help. Better Tomorrow is available as a resource 24-hours a day at (844) 989-1451. Even if someone isn’t sure if they are ready for treatment for alcohol addiction, we are here to listen. Remember, addiction is a treatable condition, and recovery is always possible with the right help and support.
Signs of Alcohol Addiction May Include:
- 1Increasingly tolerant of the effects of alcohol – needing to drink more to achieve the same desired effect.
- Neglecting work and family responsibilities due to drinking-related activities or hangovers.
- Withdrawing socially, preferring to spend time with people who drink or being alone while drinking.
- Experiencing blackouts from drinking – forgetting important conversations or commitments made while drinking.
- Struggling to control the amount of alcohol consumed once drinking has begun.
- Neglecting personal care and hygiene due to alcohol use or related activities.
- Suffering from physical or psychological symptoms such as headaches, nausea, depression or anxiety when not drinking.
- Experiencing cravings for alcohol.
- Having financial issues due to excessive spending on alcohol and related activities.
- Suffering from withdrawal symptoms such as tremors, sweating, anxiety and depression when not drinking.
Steps for Getting Help For Yourself or Someone Else
In times of need, it can be challenging to reach out and ask for help. However, there is no shame in admitting that you or someone you know needs assistance. It takes courage and strength to ask for help, and it is the first step towards a better tomorrow.
Whether you are struggling with mental health issues or addiction, we are here to support you. From safe and comfortable alcohol detox to professional counseling and therapy supported by thorough aftercare planning and alumni support, we have what you need. Remember, you are not alone in facing alcohol addiction, unless you choose to be.
Give Better Tomorrow Treatment Center a call, anytime at (844) 989-1451. We’re ready to help you start moving in the right direction, right away or just lend a sympathetic ear for now, if that’s what you need.