April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) since 1987, encourages local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. Alcohol Awareness Month began as a way of reaching the American public with information about the disease of alcoholism, and that alcoholics are capable of recovery. A primary focus of Alcohol Awareness Month over the past ten years has been Underage Drinking and the devastating effects it can have on our youth.

Some key facts:

  • Alcohol is the number one drug of choice for America’s young people;
  • Those who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcoholism than those who begin at age 21;
  • Each day, 7,000 kids in the United States under the age of 16 take their first drink.
  • Underage alcohol use costs the nation an estimated $53 billion

For more information on NCADD and Alcohol Awareness Month, please visit their website at http://www.ncadd.org.

Colorado residents can order free materials concerned with alcoholism by visiting our online PIC Clearinghouse store.

You can click on the April Focus category link for resources to help prevent inhalant abuse.

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