Alcohol Awareness Month: What's Your Poison?
Nearly 7 % of American adults are dependent on alcohol or have other alcohol-related problems, making alcohol abuse the number one drug problem in the United States.
The toll for prolonged heavy drinking is severe, and can include permanent damage to the kidneys, brain, and other organs, increased risk for certain cancers, and increased risk of death from car crashes, injuries, homicide, and suicide.
Sadly, people who are dependent on alcohol often don't seek treatment out of fear of the stigma associated with alcoholism.
That is why every April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) sponsors Alcohol Awareness Month to end the stigma of alcoholism and encourage individuals and families facing the disease to seek treatment. Throughout Alcohol Awareness Month, NCAAD affiliates "reach out to communities across the country to bring the American public information about alcohol and alcoholism as a chronic, progressive disease, fatal if untreated, and genetically predisposed. The disease of alcoholism is a family disease that is treatable, not a moral weakness, from which people can and do recover."
2014 marks the 28th annual Alcohol Awareness Month, and this year NCAAD will focus on underage drinking with the theme "Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow." The organization is sponsoring events at schools, colleges, churches, and other community organizations to encourage individuals and families dealing with alcohol-related problems to seek help, and will also providing information about alcohol dependence and its effects, including this self-assessment tool for teens available on their website.
What You Can Do
Find Out whether you have a problem with alcohol by taking this 26-question test. (or, if you are a teenager, try this test).
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