April is Alcohol Awareness Month

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Alcohol Awareness Month Is Here

With all the focus on the arrival of spring, it’s easy to forget that April is alcoholism awareness month – but we haven’t!

Whether you’re newly sober, a friend/family member of an alcoholic, or just want to do what you can to raise awareness, this post will show you what you can do to make a difference.

Alcohol Awareness Month Tip 1: Talk Facts and Figures

Nearly 90,000 people die every year from alcohol-related deaths.

Figures like these may seem like a shock to the system – but using Alcohol Awareness month to bring attention to these numbers may just save a life – and it will almost certainly cause those who listen to re-evaluate their own drinking habits.

More statistics to note include:

These statistics should be shared during Alcohol Awareness Month to let people know they’re not alone, educate people about the serious health risks of binge drinking, and bring up how alcohol impairs your safety and judgment.

Alcohol Awareness Month Tip 2: Discuss How To Recognize Signs of Alcohol Poisoning

alcohol awarenessUse the month to educate those you care about on how to look out for signs of alcohol poisoning – which can lead to losing consciousness, or even death.

Look out for those after a night of drinking who exhibit the following:

  • Excessively vomiting
  • Signs of confusion/bizarre behavior
  • Have blue-tinged skin, or are very pale
  • Having trouble breathing or can’t seem to catch their breath
  • Stumbling and slurring their words
  • Having a seizure
  • Passed out

Alcohol Awareness Month Tip 3: Talk About How Drinking In Your Family History Might Affect You

If a relative of yours has struggled with alcoholism, you’re probably wondering if you’re likely to develop a problem, too.

Indeed, children of alcoholic parents are 4 times more likely to develop a drinking problem.

If you have a history of drinking in your family, though, it in no way guarantees you’ll have a problem. Talk to family members and encourage them to:

  • Bring up these concerns with a doctor
  • Scrutinize their drinking habits – are they similar to those of your alcoholic family member?
  • Avoid drinking until they are of legal age
  • Stop after 1-2 drinks

Remember: Having an alcoholic family member also effects you emotionally. For support, look into attending local AA meetings.

Don’t Overlook Alcohol Awareness Month

Whether you’re printing a fact sheet, hiring a guest speaker, or just starting a casual family discussion about drinking, Alcoholism Awareness Month provides a great reason for getting preventative through providing information.

For more advice on stopping drinking, getting help, and staying sober (plus a whole lot more) check out our site.

Craig Beck - The Stop Drinking Expert

About the author: Craig Beck ([email protected]) is a British personal development and self-help author who has written several bestselling books on alcohol addiction. Using his experience as a former problem drinker, combined with an expert knowledge of human behavior. He has gone on to help over 50,000 people to quit drinking, without willpower, rehab or medication. More Information >>>

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