This April marks the 32nd Annual Alcohol Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) since 1987. This year’s theme is: “Changing Attitudes: It’s not a ‘rite of passage’ .”
No other substance is more widely used and abused by America’s youth than alcohol, making alcoholism and alcohol-related problems the number one public health problem in the United States.
Fostering healthy and responsible attitudes, talking openly and honestly, encouraging supportive relationships, and showing children that their opinions and decisions matter, are all ways to help prevent the use of alcohol and other drugs.
Parents often forgive underage drinking as a “rite of passage.” They can sit back and hope their kids will “get through it,” or they can change their attitude and take an active role in learning about substances and help their kids do the same.
Alcohol-Free Weekend is traditionally observed the first weekend in April, which is March 30-April 1. 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.
For more information on parent resources and how to talk to your children, visit PPAC’s Parent Page. To learn more about Alcohol Awareness Month, go to ncadd.org. For more information on how to start the conversation with your children about alcohol visit Talk2Prevent or use the Conversation Starter.
Remember Prevention Works!