This April marks the 31st Annual Alcohol Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) since 1987. This grassroots effort observed by communities throughout the country supports prevention, research, education, intervention, treatment, and recovery from alcoholism and alcohol-related problems. A primary focus of Alcohol Awareness Month has been underage drinking and the devastating effects it can have on our youth. This year’s theme is, “Connecting the Dots: Opportunities for Recovery”.
Alcohol-Free Weekend is traditionally observed the first weekend in April, which is March 31-April 2. Adults are encouraged to NOT drink alcohol for 72 hours to show our youth that alcohol is not necessary to have a good time. Anyone who has difficulty abstaining is urged to call the Allegany Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Inc., at 585-593-6738, to learn more about alcoholism and its early symptoms.
Booklets on how to talk to your children about alcohol and other drugs are available free of charge through the Council’s Prevention Department at 585-593-1920, x 713. Call for your copy today, and help keep our youth drug-free!
Parents can also find online resources about how to have the discussion with your children about alcohol and other drugs at Talk2Prevent and Parent Toolkit. For more information on Alcohol Awareness Month, go to ncadd.org. Let this be your call to action!