April is Alcohol Awareness Month

APRIL is Alcohol Awareness Month

This April marks the 29th Alcohol Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). NCADD has sponsored this month long event since 1987, hoping to increase awareness and understanding of alcohol abuse, alcoholism and other alcohol-related issues. The 2015 theme is “For the Health of It: Early Education on Alcoholism and Addiction.”

Alcohol use by young people is extremely dangerous—both to themselves and to society, and is directly associated with traffic fatalities, violence, suicide, educational failure, alcohol overdose, unsafe sex and other problem behaviors. Annually, over 6,500 people under the age of 21 die from alcohol-related accidents and thousands more are injured.

Additionally:

Alcohol is the number one drug of choice for America’s young people, and is more likely to kill young people than all illegal drugs combined.

Each day, 7,000 kids in the United States under the age of 16 take their first drink.

Those who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcoholism than those who begin at age 21.

More than 1,700 college students in the U.S. are killed each year—about 4.65 a day—as a result of alcohol-related injuries.

25% of U.S. children are exposed to alcohol-use disorders in their family.

Underage alcohol use costs the nation an estimated $62 billion annually.

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.

Alcohol Awareness Month is the perfect time to have an open and honest conversation with the youth in your life to educate them on alcohol abuse.