April is Alcohol Awareness Month
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
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:
- Close to 100,000 students between 18-24 have experienced alcohol-related sexual assaults or have been date-raped.
- 27% of adults over 18 have binge-drank within the past month.
- Women are only “low-risk” drinkers (for future health problems) if they keep their intake under 7 drinks a week. For men, no more than 14 drinks a week will keep you as a “low-risk” drinker.
- Over 15 million adults in the United States have struggled with alcohol abuse
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
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.
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.
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