This following article is from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.
April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Founded and sponsored by NCADD, Alcohol Awareness Month was established in 1987 to help reduce the stigma so often associated with alcoholism by encouraging communities to reach out to the American public each April with information about alcohol, alcoholism and recovery. Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease, genetically predisposed and fatal if untreated. However, people can and do recover. In fact, it is estimated that as many as 20 million individuals and family members are living lives in recovery!
Alcohol Awareness Month provides a focused opportunity across America to increase awareness and understanding of alcoholism, its causes, effective treatment and recovery. It is an opportunity to decrease stigma and misunderstandings in order to dismantle the barriers to treatment and recovery, and thus, make seeking help more readily available to those who suffer from this disease.
Each April, NCADD’s National Network of Affiliates and other supporting organizations across the country will use this opportunity to address the Nation’s #1 public health problem through a broad range of media strategies, awareness campaigns, programs and events in their local communities.
For further information consult the resource links below:
Indian Health Service Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program www.ihs.gov/asap
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD): https://www.ncadd.org/
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): http://www.aa.org/
Al-Anon Family Groups: http://www.al-anon.alateen.org/