Alcohol Awareness Month
April is Alcohol Awareness Month and was established in 1987 to help reduce the stigma associated with alcohol use disorder. This awareness month encourages the community to reach out and educate about how alcohol use disorder impacts individuals and supports those in recovery. It is easy to focus on the negatives of substance use disorder but people do, in fact, recover. It is estimated that as many as 20 million people are living lives in recovery today!
This year’s theme is “Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow”. This April will be aimed at educating the community on effective treatment strategies, and prevention of alcohol use amongst youth, specifically. This month is dedicated to encouraging individuals with an alcohol use disorder, while others focus on prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery of alcohol-related problems. Agencies are encouraged to put on events, focusing on the impact alcohol has on communities. Additionally, the events will inform parents on how alcohol affects a youth’s developmental brain.
To launch Alcohol Awareness Month every April, the first weekend is dedicated to staying 100% abstinent from alcohol. This Alcohol-Free Weekend promotes Americans to engage in a three day alcohol-free event and asks you to find health family focused activities to do. Even if you are unable to attend any local events during the month, there is great opportunity to get involved.
Are you a social drinker? Prove to yourself you can do it! That being said if you are an individual with an alcohol use disorder, please contact ASAC for assistance. Sudden alcohol withdrawal can be deadly and it is strongly recommended that you seek medical assistance.
Just as a friendly reminder and a “did you know” moment, Iowa ranks higher than the United States’ average on binge drinking and alcohol is the continuous leader in ASAC assessments for drug of choice.
It is time for Iowa to make a change and live substance free! If you have questions or concerns about you or a loved one struggling with alcohol use disorder, please call ASAC at (319) 390-4611.